My Chelsea season was best in recent years says Grant

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has stated that he believes the 2007/2008 he was in charge at Stamford Bridge was the best in recent seasons. The Blues finished second in the Premier League and would have won the Champions League if John Terry had not missed his penalty kick in the final.

When he was first appointed, Grant was not welcomed by the Chelsea fans who believed that he did not have the necessary background and qualifications to succeed. During the season, the Blues went on a 16 match unbeaten run and impressed, getting to the Champions League final. Chelsea’s most successful manager in modern times, Jose Mourinho, did not get to the Champions League final and the Blues were unlucky to lose in Moscow.

Grant said: ‘I’m not arrogant, but when I look back, I think that was the best season for Chelsea in recent years in terms of the way the side played. They played great football and showed great character. One of the strengths of this team was how we recovered from a poor start to the season. We played the best football in the league and almost became champions of England and champions of Europe. I am proud of that season and how we played’.

The former Blues boss also discussed his time with Roman Abramovich and said that the pressure he faced was a good thing, because everything he had was the best. Grant admitted he enjoyed working under pressure and was unfortunate to have the long-term programme with the Blues cut short.

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