Cole confident Chelsea can bounce back from Carling Cup crisis

Last updated at 12:57 29 February 2008

Joe Cole believes Chelsea's Carling Cup defeat could prove to be a blessing in disguise following clear-the-air talks at Stamford Bridge.

The inquest into last Sunday's poor

display against Spurs in the Carling

Cup Final has been intense and

painful but Cole (below), left out of

the starting line-up at Wembley, says

it has been constructive.

Joe Cole

Dejected: Joe Cole believes Chelsea will respond to their defeat at Wembley

And now he expects a much better

performance when Chelsea go to his

former club West Ham in the Premier

League tomorrow.

He said: “It's

been a trying

week. We had to

get over the


but that's what

it's like to be at a

top club — one

defeat is a crisis.

“West Ham is a

big game for us.

We could look

back at the end of

the season and say the Tottenham

game was a blessing in disguise.

“It made us address a few things

that needed addressing, things which

maybe got covered up when we

carried on winning games. Let's see

what we can do from now on in.”

Cole believes Chelsea will come out

fighting at Upton Park tomorrow.

He told Chelsea TV: “We're very

focused and determined to win

games. We've done a lot of fitness

work over the last few days.”

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