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Ashley Cole prepared for Manchester City challenge

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Roma star Ashley Cole is ready to face Manchester City in their Champions League tie and has claimed the pressure will be on the hosts.

The former Chelsea man is looking forward to the game at the Etihad Stadium, although he's admitted the prospect of lining up against longtime teammate Frank Lampard is a strange one.

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Both Cole and Lampard were released by Chelsea at the end of last season and after Lampard's surprise loan move to Manchester City, they could be on opposing teams for the first time in eight years.

Lampard

The duo are by no means guaranteed starters for their respective teams, but Cole is excited by the chance to come up against a number of former England teammates.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Cole told Sky Sports: "It will be great to play against people like Joe Hart and Lamps - I never expected to play against him. If I am selected and Lamps is selected, it would be nice."

Having played alongside Lampard for so long, Cole knows better than most just how good the midfielder is and believes his ability is still there for all to see, "Everyone knows what Lampard brings to any team - he's a great experienced player who scores goals. He even scored against Chelsea - they probably didn't like that and probably a little bit disappointing for him to score as well," he added.

Pressure

Roma travel to Manchester on the back of an impressive 5-1 victory over CSKA Moscow on match-day one, but Cole, who won the competition with Chelsea in 2012, believes the pressure will be on the hosts.

Cole said: "There's a lot of pressure on City, not so much on us but I know they have big players and are hungry to win the Champions League.

"If we win, it will make it more difficult for them to catch up and will probably make us top of the group and put us in good stead for qualifying, but it's going to be a tough game and we don't want to look too far ahead."

With regards his international connections to the likes of Joe Hart and James Milner, Cole added: "I know a lot of their players and how good they are, but we have a lot of good players as well. We are probably the underdogs but we will give it everything and will give them a tough game."

Chelsea

The match will be Cole's first chance to return to England as a player since leaving Chelsea for Serie A, and he insists there is no ill-feeling over his Stamford Bridge departure.

"I don't think Chelsea were wrong (to let us go) - a decision was made, I'm fine with it. I had eight great years there and I am really enjoyinga new challenge."

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