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Joe Cole sends message to Chelsea after second Champions League draw

Joe Cole sends message to Chelsea after second Champions League draw
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Joe Cole had cautioned Chelsea they confronted a ‘tough’ test against Lille in their Champions League last 16 clash.

Chelsea at first drew the French bosses before Uefa pronounced the draw ‘void’ later a ‘technical problem’.

The draw was repeated, with Liverpool and Real Madrid among the sides to emerge with harder tests against Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain having initially been combined with RB Salzburg and Benfica individually.

Luck was on Chelsea’s side however as they were drawn with Lille once again, avoiding European giants despite finishing second in their group.

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“Chelsea will be very, very happy with that but I’d put a word of caution on that because Lille are a very exciting, strong, aggressive team,’ Cole told BT Sport.

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“They have nothing to lose. Chelsea are the champions and are the hunted.

“When Lille play, it can be one hell of an atmosphere. It’s going to be a tough one.

“They’re probably breathing a sigh of relief to avoid Bayern Munich and Real Madrid and I get that, but you can’t discount this Lille team.

“Lots of good, young players who will be fearless so Chelsea must be wary of an upset.”

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