Ashley Cole revealed his favourite Chelsea managers were Carlo Ancelotti and Luiz Felipe Scolari, despite the latter being sacked after only six months at Stamford Bridge.
The Derby County defender played under eight different managers in west London, including recently fired Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
Cole won the Premier League, League Cup, Champions League, Europa League and four FA Cups during a trophy-laden spell with the Blues, however, he believes it was Scolari who produced the best football in his short spell in charge.
‘I enjoyed Scolari, Ancelotti,’ he told Sky Sports when asked who his favourite Chelsea manager was. ‘That’s probably my favourite two.
Ashley Cole’s Chelsea managers
‘I think Scolari, he came at a time when I probably wasn’t playing as well as I knew I could when I first came to Chelsea. Probably Chelsea fans can agree with me that wasn’t the Ashley Cole they knew at Arsenal.
‘So he came and he brought this new lease of life. It was just like playing for Brazil. He said: “Let’s play like Brazil!”
‘And he had me bombing up and down against people like Jamie Carragher and Bosingwa on the other side and yeah we kind of had no rules in terms of we could play, we could go where we want, the left and right-back was going at the same time – it’s kind of unheard of at times.
‘We were playing some great football and then by December we kind of petered out a bit and after that he got the sack.
‘The best football we’ve ever played in a Chelsea shirt but he got the sack.’