The Guardian reports that Chelsea gaffer Avram Grant wants to win tonights semi-final against Everton but concedes he does have other, more pressing, priorities. Grant said:
“I cannot say that it [the Carling Cup] is not important but if you want a true answer, I cannot say that this is the main thing for me, I cannot tell you that [winning] it will mean a lot to me. I want to win any game but for me, the main target is other targets.
“I understand Everton, I understand clubs that do not take a trophy for a long time. Even if it’s not a major trophy, for them it’s very, very important. I understand them, it’s very reasonable but they need to understand us. We want to win anyway.”
Grant may also have implied that Everton are a small club, something that will re-hash memories of a similar declaration made by a certain Liverpool manager! An utterance that didn’t go down too well. Talking about the first managed, Hapoel Petah Tikva, Grant continued:
“This is the reason why I understand Everton, we were a very small club. We didn’t have a budget even for the tea. We took on the best team in Israel, who were Beitar Tel Aviv, and we were very happy. This is the reason I understand a team like Everton who are not used to taking trophies. Even not major trophies are important to you.”
He didn’t just insinuate that Everton were a very small club did he?