Former Chelsea defender believes he could face Cristiano Ronaldo with no problem

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Former Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge has hailed the likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips, Aaron Lennon and Joe Cole as the most dangerous players he faced in his career.

Interestingly, Bridge didn’t rate Ronaldo that high as he believed that he found it easy against the former Manchester United winger.

“There’s two that really stand out, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Aaron Lennon,” Bridge told bettingexpert.com.

“They’re very small so have a low centre of gravity so they’re very quick over five yards. I thought I was quite quick but they were just rapid over the first five yards. You always had to stay switched on and try and predict where they were going as it was always a battle with those two.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is the obvious choice but I didn’t play against him at his peak but he was so quick and powerful. I always had good battles with Kieron Dyer as well, he was a player where we’d just cancel each other out. We never got much change out of each other me and him.

“When I played against Joe Cole, if I was ever less than 100 per cent I’d know about it because he can twist and turn you inside out.

“I didn’t mind playing against Ronaldo. You always had to be switched on. He loved a step-over and was very skilful. He could sometimes make you look stupid, he was also very quick.

“He wasn’t as quick as me over the first few yards, I always felt that I could stick with him and I always felt I did okay against him. It was always at the back of my mind that he was going to try and nutmeg me here or twist me about four times until I fall over.”

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