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Joe Cole insists former club Chelsea are 'genuine contenders' to win the Champions League AND Premier League this season... with Frank Lampard's men having no 'glaring weaknesses' following £220m summer spending spree Chelsea are looking for their first Champions League success since 2012  The club spent £220m in the summer to strengthen their quest for trophies  Joe Cole believes the defensive additions have wiped out any of weaknesses   But he insists Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs could go all the way too 

By Kishan Vaghela For Mailonline

Published: 22:30 GMT, 1 December 2020 | Updated: 01:28 GMT, 2 December 2020

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Joe Cole believes former club Chelsea are 'genuine contenders' to win the Premier League and Champions League this season and insisted Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs could also go far in Europe's elite competition.

The Blues secured qualification for the Champions League knockout stages with the win against Rennes and are looking for their first success in the competition since 2012, a side boss Frank Lampard was part of.

Lampard's men have also gone three seasons without lifting the league title and sit two points behind leaders Tottenham after spending some £220million on summer signings.

Joe Cole (left) believes his former team-mate Frank Lampard could win the double this season

Joe Cole (left) believes his former team-mate Frank Lampard could win the double this season

Arrival of Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva mean Chelsea no longer have 'glaring weaknesses'

Arrival of Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva mean Chelsea no longer have 'glaring weaknesses'

But speaking ahead of their trip to Sevilla, Cole insists the Stamford Bridge club could well claim the double, with the additions of Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva having eliminated the 'glaring weaknesses' in their side.

'I think they [Chelsea] are genuine contenders,' Cole said.

'I think all the English sides, you can't discount any of them from going all the way in the Champions League because of the quality and the strength of our league. 

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'I don't feel there is any weaknesses in the Chelsea side at the moment. I feel there aren't any glaring weaknesses, there

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