Cole confident of Chelsea success

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Ashley Cole has set his sights on a Barclays Premier League and UEFA Champions League double this season, but says that winning the domestic crown is more difficult than conquering Europe.

The 30-year-old defender is looking to make amends having twice finished runner-up in Europe's elite club competition, first with Arsenal in 2006, and then with Chelsea two years later.

The Blues have never won the UEFA Champions League - a trophy that club owner Roman Abramovich is desperate to bring back to Stamford Bridge, having eluded him throughout his eight-year tenure in west London.

"I've been lucky enough to play in two Champions League finals," said Cole. "And the first time I did that [with Arsenal] we got there because we had a lucky draw.


"To get to the final I don't think you have to be the best team - because you can get lucky.

"Teams like Barcelona always seem to get easy games. And the further you get the more it's down to luck of the draw really."

Cole isn't taking for granted the prestige that goes with winning the UEFA Champions League, but believes that the best team doesn't always win, and that the league title is a truer reflection of consistency.

"That's why I'd always want to win the Premier League more - every season," he continued. "To do that, you have to play all the teams week in, week out.

"Nothing is ever taken for granted and to be champions of England is always a great achievement."

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