Chelsea manager: Crisis? What crisis?

Chelsea have been said to be in some crisis after they were beaten by minnows Barnsley in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the weekend. The defeat comes just days after the Blues fell down 2-1 to Premiership rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup final at Wembley and Chelsea manager Avram Grant has been said to be one shoe out of Stamford Bridge.

But the Israeli, who replaced Jose Mourinho in September, has come out and blasted those crisis talk. Grant is convinced that Chelsea can bounce back from their FA Cup shocker against Barnsley and says:

I know that at Chelsea, like a lot of big clubs, every loss is a crisis but it’s not like that.

We’re a big club. We know how to behave after winning and after losing games.

We are very disappointed to have lost on Saturday, even if we’re in good company with the other clubs in the Premier League who have gone out.

I’m not under any more pressure than I was before, and I’m not under any less – any loss at Chelsea is like a World War.

Chelsea are still in with a shout for the other two competitions that they are still involved in. But they do have to step up their tempo in the Premiership to close the gap on the leaders and as far as the UEFA Champions League is concerned, there are other teams stronger than Chelsea.

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