Avram Grant might have played the yes/no game in Thursday’s post-match conference after his Chelsea team beat Everton 1-0. However, he was a bit more forthcoming when speaking to the BBC on television and radio afterwards. The Blues boss is clearly unhappy with the way he’s been represented in certain quarters of the media and you couldn’t blame him for being curt after Chelsea’s hard-fought victory. However, read on for his real thoughts!
“It was a good win. We were behind Manchester United from the beginning of the season so it never was in our hands. It is in our hands to do our job and that is what we did.
“On Monday after the game [a 1-1 draw against Wigan] we spoke about how we conceded the late goal.
“Even towards the end we were attacking with six or seven players and they scored the equaliser on the counter-attack, but I like it because we want to change the style of the team.
“We controlled the game. We had chances to make it 2-0 or 3-0 but our last pass was a bit sloppy. We scored a fantastic goal though.
“Tonight we wanted to score again to wrap it up, but in the last few minutes it is important to make sure you win the points.
“Despite all the speculation, it’s not hard to focus. It’s just part of life.
“I have been in life for many years now and pressure is part of it. Journalists who say we are having a bad season are trying to do their job, but maybe sometimes not in the right way.”
This constant denial that the title has always been out of Chelsea’s hands does Grant no favours. He’s also continued to omit any mention of whether his team are still in the title race, although he does give an impression that they’re simply chasing United to the finishing line now, rather than have a real chance of catching them.