Joe Cole backs Chelsea to beat Real Madrid

Joe Cole backs former club Chelsea to beat Real Madrid after Champions League quarter-final draw… and predicts it’ll be ANOTHER all-English final in May

  • Joe Cole has backed Chelsea to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League 
  • Blues drawn against Spanish giants for second successive season in Europe 
  • Cole also predicts that it’ll be another all-English final come the end of May 
  • Liverpool drew Benfica and Man City drew Atletico Madrid in quarter-finals

Joe Cole has backed Chelsea to beat Real Madrid in the quarter-final of the Champions League, following the quarter-final draw on Friday.

The Blues will face Carlo Ancelotti’s side for the second successive season, whilst Manchester City face Atletico Madrid and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will take on Benfica.  

Despite Chelsea seemingly having the hardest opponent out of the three Premier League teams remaining, Cole is confident that his former side will beat Madrid and progress to the semi-finals. 

Joe Cole has backed Chelsea to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals

The Blues have been the centre of attention recently, following Roman Abramovich’s sanction

When asked if he thought the Blues had the hardest draw, Cole said to BT Sport: ‘No, no! Chelsea will be quite happy with that.

‘They were comfortable against Madrid in the semi-final last year and not much has changed with the sides.

‘I think all the English clubs will be happy to avoid each other. It could have been better for Chelsea, of course, but it could have been worse too.

‘Last year, Real Madrid they looked like an ageing team against a young, vibrant Chelsea team. A year has past and not much has changed.

‘I know Carlo Ancelotti has come in and they have quality, they’re Real Madrid, they will always be a threat. But I think Chelsea will be reasonably happy with that.’

The London side beat Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League last year

The former Chelsea midfielder backed all three of the Premier League clubs to progress to the semi-finals, and even think it’ll be another all-English final in May.  

When asked if he thinks they’ll all progress, Cole said: ‘Without a doubt. No questions about it.

‘They will all be delighted with the draw and I can see another all-English final as well.’

It would be the fourth time in history that both teams in the Champions League final were from England – with two of the other instances coming in the last three seasons. 

Former Chelsea player also predicts another all-English Champions League final this season 

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