Two former Chelsea midfielders were back at Stamford Bridge to watch Tuesday’s win over Paris Saint-Germain, with both Joe Cole and Deco speaking to Chelsea TV.
Cole, now at West Ham, is no stranger to big European nights at the Bridge, having played in the 2004/05 triumphs against Barcelona and Bayern Munich, as well as the 2007/08 semi-final win over Liverpool.
Having worked under Jose Mourinho during his first spell at the club, Cole felt the manager got his team selection spot-on.
‘I thought when the gaffer went with the experienced boys it was a good sign because Paris aren’t used to that level of football,’ he told Chelsea TV.
‘They started well but then Chelsea started trying to bop it about a bit and when they started getting balls in the box they’re not used to dealing with that. Chelsea just found a way and that’s what good teams do.
‘It was a great night, I was working for television and the gantry was rocking, what a way to win a game.’
Cole believes having successfully overcome a strong Paris Saint-Germain outfit, we can now go all the way in the competition.
‘They’re in the last four now so they can win it,’ he said. ‘It would have been nice if Real Madrid had gone out, another big gun, but Chelsea have every chance of winning it.’
Meanwhile, Cole’s former team-mate, and a player who has experienced European nights at the Bridge from both sides, Deco, spoke of the atmosphere on such occasions.
‘I know exactly what the atmosphere here is like, when I played here with Barcelona it was very difficult and, after that, I played for Chelsea, so I know how the atmosphere can help the team,’ he told Chelsea TV.
‘Chelsea have the best coach in the world and many experienced players, such as Lampard, Terry and Samuel Eto’o.
‘They have fantastic younger players as well, we all know it’s difficult but in the Champions League anything can happen.’
You can watch the full interviews via the channel’s online access.