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Mourinho offers Cole backing

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has backed Ashley Cole to win his place back in the side despite the good form of his replacement Cesar Azpilicueta.

Last Updated: 11/11/13 at 07:45 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Cole remains first-choice left-back

Jose Mourinho: Cole remains first-choice left-back

Cole has been struggling with a rib injury that kept him out of England's final World Cup qualifiers with Montenegro and Poland and he was on the bench for his club side's 2-2 draw with West Brom on Saturday.

Spaniard Azpilicueta, who usually plays right-back, has covered the left-back spot in Chelsea's last two matches but Mourinho insists Cole can reclaim his place when he is fit again.

"I can make mistakes, I can be unfair, but I always give a lot of thought to my decisions," said Mourinho.

"I decided for Azpilicueta to play against Schalke (in the 3-0 Champions League win) and he was fantastic. On Saturday he was very good again.

"Ashley is a top professional, he is a fighter. He has to work hard, to fight hard because the place (in the team) is his place.

"Of course it is not Azpilicueta's best position, and it is not a position where Ashley can think that he is in trouble now.

"No, he has to just to work and fight and the position is there waiting for him, no problem."

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