Ancelotti: Chelsea need Joe Cole at his best

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti admits he needs more from Joe Cole. Chelsea's away contingent were howling for his involvement after an hour into Saturday's 0-0 draw at Birmingham City.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti admits he needs more from Joe Cole.

Chelsea's away contingent were howling for his involvement after an hour into Saturday's 0-0 draw at Birmingham City.

And while this might have been the first time in 33 matches since late April that Chelsea have not found the net, this blank was coming.

Against Portsmouth, West Ham and Birmingham, Ancelotti’s side has scored once in open play. Although he has been used sparingly, it appears Cole’s time has come.

"It’s not easy for Joe to do his best after nine months out,’ said Chelsea’s boss.

"He has to improve and stay focused. He hasn’t got to lose the confidence in himself.

"He has quality and he’s a fantastic player. I think he will show this in his next game."