Ligue 1 - Benitez backs Cole to shine in France
Tue, 27 Sep 09:56:00 2011
Cole has settled quickly in Ligue 1, and netted a brilliant goal in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Lorient.
The 29-year-old is expected to start Tuesday's Champions League game away to Trabzonspor, and Benitez was quick to praise his talent and versatility.
"He's a player with ability, he's a skilful player," said Benitez on Eurogoals.
"When you're used to playing in the Premier League, you're used to playing physically; you're used play against players who will tackle you hard. So if he's protected by the referees, I think that he can play well."
"Joe Cole likes to play as a second striker. So it depends on his position, because sometimes he plays as a left winger or right winger.
"And I think that (Eden) Hazard has the ability to find him. They can play together and it will be a good partnership."
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