The 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. Comment 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 Arsenal
Clint Boling said his decision to retire stemmed from a blood clot in his leg that was discovered a few days after the season and required him to go to the hospital. More on that later, it if it wasn’t for that, he has no doubt he’d be playing this year.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) July 15, 2019Boling, who turned 30 this offseason, was selected out of Georgia by the Bengals in the fourth round of the 2011 draft and had served as the team’s primary left guard since 2012. He leaves with one year remaining on the five-year deal he signed in 2015.“Clint is a first-rate person, someone we all counted on and looked up to,” Bengals president Mike Brown said. “As a lineman, he never got the credit he deserved. That is often the case with good players who do their jobs well, but around the team, he was highly respected and appreciated beyond his playing abilities.”Boling appeared in 114 career games (including playoffs) with 112 starts, including all 16 in each of the last two seasons. Roger Goodell confirms NFL-NFLPA want new CBA by September Boling had missed all of the team’s offseason workouts due to a blood clot and cited his health as the reason for hanging his helmet. NEWS: G Clint Boling announces his retirement from the NFL.@cboling60 was a 2011 4th Rd #Bengals Draft selection (101st overall) out of the University of Georgia. He appeared in 114 career games with 112 starts.Read more 📰: https://t.co/4SuX6dziAp pic.twitter.com/7rAjeclnzL— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) July 15, 2019“After eight years in the NFL, it is time for me to step away from the game due to medical reasons,” Boling said in a statement. “This is not an easy decision, but it is the right one for me, my wife Kelly and our two young girls. I want to thank the Brown family for giving me the opportunity to play my entire career with the Bengals. I also want to thank my teammates, coaches, fans and everyone who has supported me throughout my career.” Related News Robbie Gould gets long-term extension from 49ers at franchise tag deadline Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence wants to be ‘the best that’s ever played this game’ According to ESPN, the blood clot was discovered shortly after last season ended. Clint Boling is calling it a career.The Bengals guard on Monday announced his retirement from the NFL after spending eight seasons in Cincinnati.