England midfielder Joe Cole is confident that Chelsea´s first taste of defeat in a major final will make Avram Grant´s squad even stronger in the long term.

Chelsea´s Carling Cup final loss at the hands of Tottenham was the first time the squad of players put together by Grant and former coach Jose Mourinho had experienced such disappointment.

But Cole, left out of the starting line-up to accommodate new £15million striker Nicolas Anelka, believes the setback can only help them become tougher, saying: "We are disappointed but we have got to pick ourselves up for the next game."

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