Stamford Bridge manager prefers Yossi because he “understands what I tell him”. Note picture below of Cole looking not unlike Forrest Gump?
Carlo Ancelotti has criticised Chelsea outcast Joe Cole’s tactical nous, saying new signing Yossi Benayoun is a superior option because unlike Cole, Benayoun “understands what I tell him”.
Cole has signed for Liverpool after being released by Chelsea while Benayoun, a similar player in terms of position, went the other way in a move worth £5.5 million.
Ancelotti is hoping to make more moves in the transfer market before the transfer window closes on August 31, but having had some time to work with Benayoun on the training pitch he is confident he has improved his squad with the swap of attacking midfielders.
“Joe Cole is quicker than Benayoun but Yossi is better tactically. He understands what I tell him,” Ancelotti said in quotes in the Sun. “Yossi is a very intelligent player.
“He knows everything about the game. Cole and Benayoun are different players and everyone has their own opinion, but we are happy to have Yossi here at Chelsea.” (ESPN)
Let’s be honest Joe Cole doesn’t strike anyone as the type who would do amazingly well on Mastermind, but then nor would we, but we at COS towers imagine the England man would be a lot more fun to go out on town with. Clearly this is not something a football manager looks for in a player but then we are not football managers, at least not yet.
Yossi Benayoun is a live wire of a player who gives his all and seems to make things happen but I don’t expect he would be a great drinking buddy, we could be wrong. Yossi, you have our number so give us a call next time your out on the Kings Road.
Being dumb is underrated, ignorance can indeed be bliss.
In all seriousness though, Joe Cole is a quality player and the idea he may be tactically unaware is probably a tad harsh. He had two of three excellent seasons at Stamford Bridge but then got a bad injury and then found himself out of the loop. I can see the 28 year old making an impact at Liverpool where he will be sure to be looking to prove a point to any doubters out there.
Similarly one wonders just how often Yossi will get a start at the Blues but when he does I can see him being a very effective attacking weapon in Chelsea’s armoury.
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