Ashley Cole was a guest on Friday Night Live last night, speaking exclusively to supporters from the Chelsea TV sofa.
Cole fielded questions put to him via phone, email and Twitter, with host Gigi Salmon also quizzing the left-back. The hour-long show saw Cole discuss a host of different subjects, ranging from his best-dressed team-mate to his favourite goal in a Chelsea shirt and his memories of Munich.
Yesterday, Jose Mourinho declared Cole fit ahead of our clash with Manchester City and the left-back took time to explain the nature of the injury that had kept him out of action, before looking ahead to tomorrow’s big game.
‘I did something to the cartilage on my rib, and the doctors said it could take up to six weeks to heal. I’ve been training with the team for two days now and I’m fit, but whether I’ll start on Sunday is obviously down to the manager,’ Cole said.
‘Manchester City is going to be a very tough game. They’ve got some amazing players. Of course, they spent a lot of money so there’s pressure on them to win things but we’re confident in the way we are playing at the moment.
‘If you want to win the Premier League then you have to try and take points off the teams that are going to be up there. We’ve got some good players playing well, and hopefully we can keep a clean sheet and score goals like we have been.’
The evening took an unexpected twist when Andre Schurrle called in with a question about a white suit the defender was pictured in earlier in his career. The German thanked Cole for helping him settle in at the club and also confirmed he would be giving his hat-trick match ball – earned while on international duty with Germany – to his mother when she visits him in London next week.
Cole was due to be joined in the Chelsea TV studio by Ryan Bertrand, but unfortunately his fellow left-back couldn’t make it due to family reasons. Cole admitted he was relieved to not have to partake in a scheduled game of table football with Bertrand, but did speak about his relationship with the man eight years his junior.
‘If I’ve ever needed him then he’s been there for me, and vice versa. Every time Ryan’s played we would have a little conversation about the winger he was up against, and if I had played against him I would say ‘he’s good at this’ or ‘he’s fast so don’t let him go in behind’.
‘Ryan’s experienced now and he’s played in a lot of games, so the talks have probably shortened a bit. He’s played in some big games too, like in Munich,’ Cole pointed out.
‘It was a big decision from the manager to start Ryan (in the Champions League final), but at the time he was training well and playing well when he got the chance. He came into that game like he was a veteran; he worked so hard I think he got cramp in the end when he came off.
‘It was a great achievement for him, and I was so proud of him to play in such a big game and play a great role in it as well.’
– A clip of Cole’s appearance on Friday Night Live can be viewed above and more of the show can be watched now via the channel’s online access.