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Chelsea manager in a big Egyptian river – Manchester United are home and hosed

Avram Grant is in denial (Da Nile) if he thinks Chelsea can still win the Premier League after their inability to beat Wigan on Monday. The Latics have taken points off the Blues, Arsenal and Liverpool in 2008 at crucial moments and Steve Bruce’s men have essentially meant that a silver platter should now be presented to Manchester United containing the league title.

The Guardian reports that the Blues boss refuses to concede defeat in public, but secretly he must be doing a pretty good impression of Dastardly and Mutley when they mess up in Wacky Races. They had a chance to push the Red Devils very close this term but their inability to beat teams like Wigan, Everton, Aston Villa and Blackburn at home have cost them dear.

“We need to win the games against Everton and Manchester United,” admitted Grant. “If not, it will be more difficult. We are still in it and we will keep on fighting but we need one more bad result off Manchester United.

“The result did not help us but I thought the second half was one of our best performances from the footballing point of view. Every three or four minutes we created chances but their goalkeeper gave an excellent performance. This is football though; when you don’t score the other team does.”

Realistically, they should have been out of sight before Heskey struck late to land his team their best point of the season to date. Grant will be criticised for starting with Malouda, a relative flop since joining last summer, especially at the expense of the tricky Joe Cole. It’s Champions League or bust for Chelsea now, will it be third time lucky against Liverpool?

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