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Yossi Benayoun’s a smarter choice for Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti believes Yossi Benayoun is tactically smarter than England international Joe Cole.

Ancelotti signed Israeli Benayoun from Liverpool to replace Cole, who moved in the opposite direction after being released by Chelsea earlier in the summer.

Over the last three seasons, Opta statistics show Benayoun scored more goals (18-11) and created more chances (116-77) than Cole, though the England midfielder has been struggling with injury over the past two seasons.

Ancelotti last season described Cole as “a genius” but yesterday he suggested Benayoun has a greater understanding of team ethics.

“He is an intelligent player, tactically he knows everything very well,” the Italian said.

“I tried to put him as a right midfielder in this pre-season and he can also play in his usual position as a winger.

“I think for us he is a good player to play because tactically he is very intelligent.

“We are happy to have Yossi here. I think Joe Cole in Chelsea did a fantastic career but this year is another story. Joe was quicker, with respect to Yossi, but tactically I think Yossi is better.”

Chelsea’s pre-season woes continued when they lost 2-1 to Hamburg in Germany. Frank Lampard gave them the lead before Mladen Petric and Heung Min Son replied.

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