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Chelsea played Europa League football last season and the Blues emerged champions of the second-tier European competition.
Chelsea are back in the Champions League this season and ahead of our second Champions League game against Lille later today, Chelsea legend Joe Cole insists Chelsea deserve to be in the Champions League.
“Chelsea deserve to be in the Champions League,” Cole told Chelsea’s official website.
“We’re a European giant now and we’ve been making history in Europe for the past 20 years so we should be a mainstay of the competition.”
Cole also reflected on his involvement in the Champions League as a player.
“The Champions League is like the fish that got off the hook for me,” Cole added.
“I played in four semi-finals and a final so you don’t get much closer than that without winning it.
“I was buzzing as a fan when the club finally won it in Munich, really happy for the supporters and my mates in the team, but as an ex-player there was a part of me that was gutted it didn’t happen five or six years before.
“Of course, I’d have loved to have won it to complete the medal haul but it wasn’t meant to be.
“I had some fantastic nights along the way and I’m just proud that I got to play in the Champions League for the club I supported as a boy.”