Joe Cole interview: ‘Exciting times for Chelsea on and off the pitch’ as ​​club emerge from takeover turmoil

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oe Cole must see similarities between his life-changing move to join Chelsea in 2003 and the current transfer craze in 2022 by the club’s new Boehly-Clearlake owners.

In 2003, Cole was one of the first signings in Roman Abramovich’s free-spending era and he now sees history repeating itself with Chelsea potentially on the verge of breaking English and world spending records in a single window. of transfer.

However, some pundits have called the company a “slap-dash” or something out of a computer game.

Having met the new owners on the US tour, Cole sees the meaning in the chaos of the club’s transfer business from Stamford Bridge.

“Business has been great,” Cole said Sport Standard. “I’ve read from other experts that it was a bit sloppy, but I disagree.

“Koulibaly at 31 is one of the best central defenders. If not, how would you replace Rudiger? You need this plug-and-play replacement now. It’s a fantastic deal.

“We needed goals and experience at the top of the pitch and we have Raheem Sterling as a great deal.

“Cucurella is very good and we saw that against Everton. Carney Chukwuemeka of Aston Villa is one of the most talented players in England. This signing is even more important when you realize that signing young European players has changed since Brexit.

“It’s important that even if we pay a little more than we want, we get the best young British players for the next generation.

“I think this transfer window is not over yet and it has already been great.

“I would like to see a centre-forward come in. I don’t think it’s hopeless. If it doesn’t work out commercially, it can wait.

“With the Winter World Cup approaching, I think the January transfer window will also be spicier. I don’t think buy to buy, but if the right player becomes available then I’m sure the owners will go do it.

Still, it won’t be an easy season for the Blues who finished 20 points behind champions Manchester City last season and lost in two cup finals to their main challengers Liverpool.

Cole, 40, admits that although the west Londoners have won many important trophies in recent years, there are things behind the scenes that need improvement.

“It was decisive [releasing Lukaku],” he added. “What Chelsea can improve on is that everything has to be streamlined between the players, Tuchel and the owners. It could be even better than it was. It’s not major surgery with all those trophies won in the past.

Joe Cast will launch on August 27 as part of the brand new range of free podcasts, BT Sport Pods

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“The owners will have their own ideas and want to market this club around the world. I think it’s an exciting time for Chelsea on and off the pitch. When I met them, I understood that they understood a lot about the club and that they are winners.

At Liverpool, Cole lined up alongside the Chelsea marquee signing Sterling who had just moved to Anfield as a teenage wonderkid from Queens Park Rangers.

From teenage star to leader, Cole has witnessed the 27-year-old’s transformation on and off the pitch.

“I played with Raheem at Liverpool,” he continued. “He’s a big boy, already very mature as a youngster, but he’s become a fantastic player.

“He’s a world-class footballer. He’s a quiet leader. That weight of leadership won’t be too heavy for him to be the leader. I think what’s important at Chelsea for Tuchel is that he’s the main man.

“Chelsea players need to bring this unit together to make them who they are. Raheem is coming and will provide goals, assists and leadership.”

Cole now works as a pundit on BT Sport and is launching his own podcast series on August 27.

In this capacity, he will interview the biggest names in football and continue to analyze games, and he admits the tensions brought about by competition from Spurs’ rapid growth under Conte.

“Spurs are in a fantastic position. We must pay tribute to what Antonio Conte has done there in a short time. He is a world class manager.

“They’ve done great business and I think they’ll do a little more. They have a chance and it’s a very tight game. Spurs are yelping at our heels again.

The Joe Cole Cast will launch on August 27 as part of the newest line of free podcasts, BT Sport Pods. Cole’s 12-part series reflects the moments and personalities that featured during Joe’s time in football, starring Paul Scholes and Harry Redknapp. For more information visit btsport.com/pods


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