Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has admitted he will miss Luiz Felipe Scolari and has credited the Brazilian with bringing out his best form.
Scolari departed Stamford Bridge last month after a series of poor results and has since been replaced by Guus Hiddink, who has guided Chelsea to three consecutive wins and up to second in the Premier League table.
However, speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Cole has insisted that Scolari did a good job for the Blues and that in particular, he helped bring out the best in the left back.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Scolari was a good man and the players liked him. I think he did really well for the club. For him it wasn’t just about football, it was about a player’s life,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the full-back.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Scolari helped me a lot. He was a father figure to me and a lot of the younger players. He let me have the freedom of the wing and I think I started playing as well as I have ever done for Chelsea.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am going to miss him. I haven’t spoken to him since he left but if we get a chance to talk I will thank him. But now it is a little bit different. It is about the team – not me.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Yet despite his admission over Scolari, Cole did reveal he had confidence in new manager Hiddink.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was time for a change and Hiddink has come in and, although I haven’t seen too much of him – it’s only been a couple of weeks – he is also a good guy,Ã¢â‚¬Â explained Cole.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hiddink is also good for the youngsters. He has already given Michael Mancienne a chance.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I don’t really know too much about tactics but he seems to know what he is doing.Ã¢â‚¬Â