Chelsea’s Grant – Hardships Part of The Game

New manager Avram Grant insists Chelsea will have to now draw on their reserves in what has been a troubled season so far, at Stamford Bridge.


Avram Grant – still confident despite injuries to several star players

Striker Didier Drogba and England captain John Terry are already injured and the Blues have now lost suspended duo Ashley Cole and Ricardo Carvalho, for the game with Newcastle United tomorrow. The two defenders were sent off in Boxing Day’s tremendously exciting 4-4 draw with Aston Villa. Ricardo Carvalho was dismissed for a vicious two-footed lunge on Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Cole was sent off for deliberately handling the ball on the line, although it looked like it may have been his chest.

Cole has made a claim for wrongful dismissal to the Football Association which will be heard today. Of course, Frank Lampard is also out with a thigh injury picked up in the Aston Villa battle.

Avram Grant had this to say today about the hardships confronting the London club:

“As long as we have a chance we will do everything we can to catch Manchester United and Arsenal,”

“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 prospect of having second-choice center-backs Tal Ben-Haim and Alex for the next three games may be worrying Grant, as he continued.

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

Newcastle don’t have many injuries but still some disturbing absences from the squad. Not least of which is Joey Barton, who is in a Liverpool jail after being arrested for assault yesterday morning at 5:00 am. The arrest happened outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Liverpool. That arrest could have a negative effect on the squad. It mustn’t make manager Sam Allardyce feel too good either as Joey has let himself, Sam, the club and our fans down badly. We don’t think Joey should stay at the club since he was on a zero policy agreement for this kind of behavior, as we reported earlier today.

Couple that with our last two games, which were disgraceful performances, and things don’t look too good right now at our club. If we play like we have in the last two games, we’ll be taken apart at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

But we expect a much improved performance from the players, and with things as they are right now, there’s only one way to go – and that has to be up. We hope the lads can play well tomorrow and get some kind of result in London.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Hog

    Dec 28, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Tomorrow is the best chance of getting a result against Chelsea we will EVER get.

    But the odds are stacked in favour of us wasting it due to horrific form. A real shame.

  • Edd Case

    Dec 28, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Every time I think Newcastle might get a decent result, they get hammered, or play so badly it hurts watching them.

    Sadly people, I have a sneeky feeling that we might get something at Chelsea tomorrow…

    6-0 to Chelsea then.

  • Eve

    Dec 28, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #3

    I have to say it, it’s called karma, from all the crapy, crapy things that Mourinho said and did at the club. What goes around comes around.

    I don’t think we’ll win tomorow, I do think though that we’ll get a respectable score though. Whatever that means.

  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 28, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #4

    A bit unrelated I know but I get so sick of the Southern based media and other clubs saying we should give Sam time. They don’t have to watch shamelessly, mind numbing, non – footballing dross that passes as entertainment every weekend. It’s pure misery. To all those who say who could we get to replace Sam. No one with any self respect would work for Shepherd, which is why we ended up with Sam. But with Mike Ashley, realistic and experienced targets are Jol, Ranieri and Houllier. Staying English / British we could look at Ince, John Collins and Hoddle. Shearer if he really wants it. Bilic, Van Gall, Mancini, Scholari, Hitzfeld and Klinsman at a stretch and Hiddinck probably pure fantasy.
    To say no one would come is ridiculous. As KK said ” Give the fans what they want ” and with a proper chairman not a half head like Shepherd it is still a dream job.

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 28, 2007 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Edd Case – I feel the same way – predicted 2-0 Wigan win on Boxing Day – now you know how much I know 😀
    Maybe we need to say we’ll get hammered tomorrow – anything is worth a try right now.

  • George

    Dec 28, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #6

    So Avram Grant says they will have to rely on their reserves, oh what a shame. we have been doing that at SJP for years. Look at this season, us supporters have been pulling on all our reserves just to try and stay sain for another season. My heart bleeds for AG and the chelski fans.

  • mark

    Dec 28, 2007 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought we would beat Derby, but not wigan, theyre a hard team to beat down their place, and theyve found form. Chelsea will win 2 or 3 nil tomorrow eeeeeeasy.

  • i hate allardyce

    Dec 28, 2007 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #8

    We mi9ht have a depleted team but so do chelsea. Drogba,Cech, Lampard, Terry, Shevchenko, Malouda, A Cole, Carvalho and Makelele should all be unavailable for chelsea tomorrow. we have a very good chance to leave stamford bridge with 3 points and i would be annoyed if we didnt. also geremi might actually try tomorrow because we are playing his old team.i can only hope

  • Chris Bunton

    Dec 28, 2007 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #9

    i hate allardyce….I DO TOO!


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