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Last Updated: Monday, 4 October, 2004, 08:10 GMT 09:10 UK
Cole vow to Mourinho
By Mandeep Sanghera

Chelsea playmaker Joe Cole scored the winner against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday
Joe Cole has told Jose Mourinho there is a lot more to come from him after the Chelsea boss criticised his game.

Mourinho attacked Cole's defensive qualities despite the midfielder getting the winner against Liverpool.

"He has a lot to learn," said Mourinho. "I think he has two faces - one beautiful and one I don't like. He must keep one and change the other one."

But Cole said: "I think my game is getting better and better. I'm playing in one of the best teams in Europe."

Cole added: "They have got great players here who aren't even on the substitutes bench so I'm learning from them every day and I am learning from the boss as well."

The 22-year-old only came on against Liverpool because of an injury to Didier Drogba and the side's other strikers, Mateja Kezman and Adrian Mutu, being out through injury.

He got the vital winner after flicking in a shot from Frank Lampard's free-kick but Mourinho was not happy with his overall performance.

The Portuguese boss said: "Joe Cole scored a goal which was very important. He played really well in terms of attacking dynamism.

I don't take any criticism personally, especially from someone like our boss - He has no axe to grind
Joe Cole

"When he scored the goal the game finished for him. After that I needed 11 players for my defensive organisation and I had just 10.

"Joe can be a regular but he has to improve when the team needs him to be part of a defensive organisation."

Cole says he will talk to Mourinho about the matter more when he gets back from England duty but the playmaker is taking the comments in a positive manner in his bid to "become a mainstay in the team".

Cole added: "I don't take any criticism personally, especially from someone like our boss.

"He has no axe to grind with me, he just wants to make me a better player. So I'll listen to him and take it on board.

"It's all about Chelsea really. There is a real good team camaraderie and the boss only wants to make us better players."

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard
Cole is hoping to learn from team-mate Lampard

Cole was a regular in the Chelsea first team up until two games ago when Damien Duff returned.

But the 6.6m signing from West Ham is happy to be involved after being a bit-part player under ex-boss Claudio Ranieri while others like Scott Parker fail to even get a place on the bench.

"There is still a lot more to come from me but its going to be there when its there," said Cole.

"I'm enjoying playing my football at the moment. There were time last year when I didn't enjoy my football but this year I'm loving it.

"I was disappointed to be left out of the last two games because I felt my form was good. But I've come back in now and I think there is just something for the manager to think about there."

He concluded: "Without wanting to speak about certain players individually I just think this is a massive club and sometimes I have to pinch myself and think I am playing for one of the best teams in Europe here.

"I think about where I have come from and I am here now and I want to win something with Chelsea."




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