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Grant: We Are Still In The Title Hunt


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Chelsea manager Avram Grant refuses to give up on the Premier League title, even after his team lost more ground on the leaders following their home draw against Aston Villa on Wednesday.

A last-second penalty converted by Villa’s Gareth Barry capped an exciting 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, but the points dropped leaves Chelsea further behind the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.

This latest setback to befall the Blues was worsened by the sending-off of defensive duo Ashley Cole and Ricardo Carvalho.

The West London outfit shall now have to add their subsequent bans to a long list of absentees that already includes influential midfielder Frank Lampard, talismanic striker Didier Drogba and key defender John Terry.

Although Carvalho is set to miss the forthcoming fixtures with Newcastle and Fulham and an FA Cup tie against QPR, good news for Chelsea may arrive if their appeal of wrongful dismissal for Ashley Cole is upheld by the Football Association in a hearing on Friday.

Chelsea have displayed patchy form this season, with consistent winning runs saddling significant defeats, leaving them seven points behind the league leaders.

However, Grant talked tough as he insisted that there is no need to give up hope only half-way into the season.

"As long as we have a chance we will do everything we can to catch Manchester United and Arsenal," he said.

"We have character and will not give up. We will do anything to challenge them.

"This job has been a big challenge from the day I started it and I will accept this latest challenge."

The news of the loss of Chelsea’s spine (Terry, Lampard, and Drogba) has raised doubts, but Grant sees only a challenge ready to be overcome.

"To have these players unavailable is a test for us, but we have been here already this season by playing without big names," he said.

"Football is always a big test when you have a bad time. It's not easy but this is the situation and we'll make the best of it.

"I'm waiting for the day when I can be like other managers and have all my players available. I think that time will come one day."

Source: www.goal.com

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suppose he's got to say that, no point in saying we aint got a fucking chance in hell, plus there's no way both arse and man ure going to lose 3 games.

i've stood by him and defended him by giving him a chance to show what he's got, now he's getting on my fucking nerves, his clueless statements, his lack of tactical awareness, his passionless appearance, if he carries on like this he can fuck off before the season ends.

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Of course we are still in the title race. We have such an incredibly small chance of winning it, but there is a lot more football to play. I don't think we will win the title, but we can win it, regardless of the current situation.

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As much as I'd love to see him go, I cant see Grunt being given the sack. He's just been given a new 4 year deal and although that doesnt mean much nowadays its obvious that RA intends to stick with him.

Although, there was a rumour doing the rounds that the 4 year deal is going to be paid in full come the summer and he'll move back upstairs when a more suitable Manager becomes available.

Probably more in hope than a rumour :rolleyes:

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As much as I'd love to see him go, I cant see Grunt being given the sack. He's just been given a new 4 year deal and although that doesnt mean much nowadays its obvious that RA intends to stick with him.

Although, there was a rumour doing the rounds that the 4 year deal is going to be paid in full come the summer and he'll move back upstairs when a more suitable Manager becomes available.

Probably more in hope than a rumour :rolleyes:

totally agreed. especially the cunt sign the goddamn contract before the arsenal game while roman can offered him much earlier than that.

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technically we're not out of it but realistically we are. There's just to many things against us from injuries to key players to having a manager that looks more like a monster out of doctor who. 7 points is the gap at present, i can see it being 10-12 this time next month. Getting in the top 4 wont be a problem because all the teams from 5th downwards are average teams but winning the league just will not happen. Champions League isnt out the question tho.

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The gap between Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, United, City, Everton and the rest of the league is incredible. Those are the only teams we need to be wary of, but even with a twat in charge, a team of our calibre HAS to get into the CL every season at the barest of minimums.

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Technically we are certainly not out of it yet but realistically we are getting into that zone where the chances are getting slim.

Liverpool are as good as out I feel in my gut, we still have a chance but have to rely on both MU and Arse to collapse and not recover and for us to maintain consistent form - I just don't see that happening.

At best we can do 2nd but my instinct tells me we will end up 3rd.

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As much as I'd love to see him go, I cant see Grunt being given the sack. He's just been given a new 4 year deal and although that doesnt mean much nowadays its obvious that RA intends to stick with him.

Thats what i really can not fucking understand. Why did roman give him a new 4 year deal just because

he got some wins, it was going to come under any one who took the job. Man its not like uncle fester came in and changed our results roman is a weird person he needs help.

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