Carlo Ancelotti: Yossi Benayoun is better tactically than Joe Cole

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Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti believes new signing Yossi Benayoun is a better and more intelligent player than Joe Cole.

The Blues manager allowed Cole to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expired at the end of last season and the England international eventually opted to join Liverpool.

Earlier in the summer Israeli midfielder Benayou had moved in the opposite direction, with Chelsea paying £6million to secure his services.

Former AC Milan coach Ancelotti is pleased with his summer dealings and believes Benayoun represents value for money, saying:"Joe Cole is quicker than Benayoun but Yossi is better tactically. He understands what I tell him.

"Yossi is a very intelligent player. He knows everything about the game.

"Cole and Benayoun are different players and everyone has their own opinion, but we are happy to have Yossi here at Chelsea."

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