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Joe Cole picks out three positives Chelsea can take into the second leg

Jole Cole watched over our Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham last night and believes there are reasons for the Blues to be positive despite defeat.

Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game to give Spurs a narrow lead ahead of the return leg at Stamford Bridge in two weeks' time, with the England striker scoring from the penalty spot following a much-talked about VAR decision.

There were plenty of other talking points and Cole, who recently returned to the Blues as an Academy coach, has picked out three reasons why we can be positive heading into the second leg.

Reasons to be optimistic

‘Definitely Chelsea are still in the tie,’ said Cole.

‘We can be happy with the performance, even though you’re always disappointed to come away with a defeat.

‘I think on the balance of play Chelsea were the slightly better side. But credit to Tottenham, they dug in and defended very well.’
 

It’s only half-time

‘There’s still a lot to play for and it’s only half-time,’ added the former Blues midfielder.

‘The goal came from VAR and obviously that’s a big talking point. It's opened up a massive debate.

‘VAR is supposed to take away the debate and make things clear cut. Each side will have their own opinions and there will be a few bumps in the road.’
 

Hudson-Odoi impresses

‘We all know he has got ability,’ Cole said of the teenage winger.

‘He gave Rose something to think about all game and looked very bright.

‘I’m sure that part of the message from Maurizio Sarri at half-time would have been to get him running towards goal and facing up the full-back, because every time he did that we looked dangerous.’

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