Chelsea boss Ancelotti delighted with England pair Terry, Cole

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has heaped praise on his England pair John Terry and Ashley Cole.

Despite the weekend claims about Terry, the Italian could not be more happy with the leadership that the defender provides.

Ancelotti told the London Evening Standard: "Terry is like Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini in personality, character and leadership. I am very lucky to have this player as my captain."

This may be loyalty, or suggest a certain eccentric streak in the manager, for he is also full of praise for another player whose media image is hardly the best.

"I don't know what happened to Ashley Cole before he came here from Arsenal but for me he is a fantastic player, a good guy. He always likes to joke, always has a smile and gives no problems."