The Blues left-back feels that Roberto di Matteo’s side have what it takes to nullify the attacking threat of Pep Guardiola’s team and that it will be Chelsea in the final.
Cole also feels that Chelsea have been the closest of all English sides at toppling the Catalan side and revealed the west Londoners have a game-plan to eliminate the reigning European champions.
“Chelsea, of course. Chelsea against Real Madrid, I hope,” he said in the Evening Standard when asked who he thinks will be stepping out in Munich next month.
“We know what Barcelona are about and that we have to be on our game. We’re confident and feel we’re good enough to progress.
“I do think that while they’re not worried about us, out of the teams they’ve played in the Champions League and the Premier League sides they’ve faced, we have given them the hardest run.”
Cole is talking about the 2009 semi-final when he speaks of running Barcelona close, where a last minute Andres Iniesta strike meant Chelsea went out on away goals on a night filled with controversy.
The Blues felt as though the referee on the night, Tom Henning Ovrebo, denied them a number of penalty kicks and their anger was evident when they left the field as Didier Drogba ranted at cameras, something he was banned for afterwards.
Despite the feeling of injustice and the last-gasp elimination, Cole was proud of the side’s performance.
“The match against them in 2009 was one of the best games I have seen Chelsea play, with the fight and the determination and the spirit,” he added.
“But Iniesta just popped up with that great strike. That’s what they’ve got. All they need is one shot.”
Chelsea will be buoyed going into the game after their emphatic 5-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday evening.
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