Ashley Cole urges Chelsea to build on Liverpool display in Premier League top-four race

first_imgThe former Blues defender believes his old club can still finish strongly (Picture: Sky Sports)Ashley Cole has backed former club Chelsea to finish in the top four despite Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool if they can maintain the levels they showed at Anfield.Although the west Londoners were on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat, they had chances to score against the Premier League leaders, with Eden Hazard hitting the post, and Cole felt there were encouraging signs to build on.However, the result means Chelsea would fall out of the top four if Arsenal win their game in hand against Watford – though Cole is backing them to finish strongly. Advertisement Ashley Cole urges Chelsea to build on Liverpool display in Premier League top-four race Chelsea lost their eighth Premier League match of the season at Anfield (Picture: EPA)‘It’s tough but like you see, they’re three points ahead,’ said Cole on Sky Sports, with Chelsea’s goal difference currently four worse than rivals Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Okay, Arsenal could overtake them, but I think they’ve got to take heart out of that performance. They played well.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If they can keep playing like this, then I think they’ll be okay. But again, they’ve got difficult games as well.’Maurizio Sarri has come under fire for not playing Chelsea’s youngsters more often, though both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek started at Anfield, and Cole believes giving youth a chance could be key to Sarri keeping his job. Commentcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Apr 2019 8:10 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link455Shares Sarri has given more game time to Chelsea’s youngsters recently (Picture: Getty)He continued: ‘I think the fans are probably more pleased than before, you can see the younger kids getting chances and I think they’re good enough to play.‘But whether he [Sarri] stays at the end of the season… it’s a tough job to be in. But if he keeps playing the young kids and kind of investing in them, then maybe he’s got a chance. But to come top four is still difficult.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more