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Cole urges Lille to answer critics

7 December 2011 04:28

Lille midfielder Joe Cole believes that his side have what it takes to defy their critics and progress from Champions League Group B.

The French champions host to Trabzonspor on Wednesday, and must win if they are to progress to the knockout stages.

Cole, currently on loan from Liverpool, told French TV programme Telefoot that while a win is crucial for their hopes of making an impact in the latter stages of the competition, it would also prove the doubters who previously wrote off the French club wrong.

"I think it's a very important game for the club to show its progress by playing in the Champions League," Cole said.

"I think we were not very lucky at the start of competition. People doubted us but we have the opportunity to change course and to qualify, which would be a great achievement for Lille."

"Everyone wants to ensure that happens and we are very motivated by this challenge."

Lille have accumulated five points from as many matches, one point less than their Turkish opponents.

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7 December 2011
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