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Bridge Form Undermines Cole Importance for Chelsea
The Daily Mail, August 24th, 2006 4PM

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Perhaps the only silver lining for Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho following his side's shock 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough yesterday is a second fine game in a row for left back Wayne Bridge. He's been particularly effective down the left hand side for the Blues, notching two assists in his first two games. Mourinho can use Bridge's fine form as leverage in the Ashley Cole transfer stalemate. Signing a new left back no longer appears to be the emergency it once was. Said Mourinho after the game: "I have Bridge, who is playing very well. I don't have another pure left back, but there are some solutions in the squad to give us cover for that position." By "cover," Mourinho is referring to new signing Khalid Boulahrouz from Hamburg, and possibly even William Gallas, who only has to apologize to Mourinho and the squad to be admitted back into the team. Regarding Cole, "I don't know what the situation is but if, on the 31st of August, we cannot get Cole, then it is not a drama," he said. It was a poor performance by Chelsea yesterday to concede two goals in the last 10 minutes and the defense looked disorganized on both goals. "I've managed for six or seven years. That was not a Jose Mourinho team at Middlesbrough," he said, adding, "I don't think it was because of fitness that we didn't play better, it was because of attitude." Read the original story...


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