Ashley Cole, look away now…
Jose Mourinho says a team of 11 Cesar Azpilicuetas would win the Champions League.
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The Chelsea boss has used the right-footed Azpilicueta as his first choice left back this season – ahead of England’s Ashley Cole – and is a huge fan of the Spaniard, who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Marseille in summer 2012.
“Azpilicueta, this is the kind of player I like a lot,” Portuguese is quoted as saying by Eurosport.
The quotes will make grim reading for Cole, who before this season has been a mainstay in the Blues defence since his controversial transfer from Arsenal in 2006.
Mourinho stressed that it was not just Azpilicueta’s ability that impressed him but the Spanish international’s character too.
“I think a team with 11 Azpilicuetas would probably win the competition [Champions League] because football is not just about the pure talent,” added Mourinho.
“Football is also about character and personality and Azpilicueta has all the traces of that winning personality.”