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Joe Cole: No-one can question commitment of Chelsea players

Joe Cole says the Chelsea players' reaction after their Champions League semifinal heartbreak is proof of their commitment.

Cole told The Sun: "United have won the League, the Carling Cup and maybe the Champions League. So we need to win the FA Cup and then find a way to catch them up because they're a bit above us at the moment.

"The table doesn't lie. We're seven points going into the last games and that is quite a lot over the course of a season. United are now the team to beat and the objective for everyone at our club is to put Chelsea back at the top.

"There is a lot of uncertainty around the club because no one is sure who the next manager is going to be. So they need to get that sorted as quickly as they can.

"People talk about the Champions League being the Holy Grail for Chelsea, but for me the bread and butter is winning the Premier League again.

"The best team always wins the League but it doesn't always win the Champions League. As far as I'm concerned, I could easily be sitting here right now with three European Cup winners' medals in my pocket from 2004, 2007 and last year. Only minor details stopped us.

"Chelsea will win the Champions League within the next five years because we can't have as much bad luck as we have had. You don't need to be a football expert to see the referee made some bad decisions in our semi-final against Barcelona.

"People accuse modern footballers of not caring enough, but look at Didier Drogba's reactions. He felt an injustice had been done and couldn't keep a lid on his passions. With the benefit of hindsight, of course he would have reacted differently. But you cannot question the commitment of the man.

"The way I look at it, maybe it wasn't our time to win it this year.

"But the priority right now is to win the FA Cup next week because that's all we've got left to play for and it's important that this club wins silverware."

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