Italian press: This explains why Chelsea let Cole go for free

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Ashley Cole received the lowest player rating from most Italian media outlets after Roma's 7-1 humiliation against Bayern Munich.

Roma were stunned by Bayern Munich, conceding seven goals at home for the first time since the 1940s, and Ashley Cole was rated the worst of a bad bunch.

Cole had been showing signs of settling in at Roma after early rumours that he wasn't happy following his summer free transfer, but yesterday evening must have been a massive setback.

A sold-out Stadio Olimpico had high hopes for the Italian side, but they were ruthlessly swept aside by Bayern and Cole was run ragged by Arjen Robben.

Roma boss Rudi Garcia replaced Cole at half-time with Jose Holebas and the Italian press didn't think much of the former England international's contribution.

In most newspapers' player ratings, Cole received 3 or 3.5 out of 10 and he was regularly given the lowest mark of any player on the field.

"45 nightmare minutes for the English wing-back who was beaten repeatedly by Robben with devastating ease," Datasport said. "For the Dutchman's two goals he completely got the marking wrong and Robben knocked him down like a skittle."

"This explains why Chelsea let him go for free," Italian Eurosport said while handing Cole 3/10 and stated that replacement Holebas "would have found it difficult to do worse than the Englishman."

The defeat will have hurt Cole immensely but Roma remain second in the group after Manchester City could only draw with CSKA Moscow.

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