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Grant backs deflated Terry
22 May 2008 - 07:42:27
Chelsea manager Avram Grant praised John Terry's bravery after he missed a crucial penalty in the Champions League Final defeat to Manchester United.
The Blues skipper had the chance to clinch the trophy with the fifth penalty in a dramatic shoot-out, but slipped at the point of contact and saw his spot-kick crash against the post.
United went on to win a game that had finished 1-1 after extra-time in sudden death penalties and afterwards a crestfallen Terry was inconsolable.
"JT is the main reason we are here. We had a difficult time and he is part of the team," said Grant.
"Terry was great all season, in the semi-final and this game. He is the reason they didn't create any chances. I feel sorry for him and the team.
"What can I say? Except in the beginning, we dominated the game, we hit the post two times and then we lost on penalties. The team played excellently and I am very proud."
Meanwhile, Grant believes Chelsea will be back challenging for Europe's major honours in the coming seasons.
"It's not the last time you will see Chelsea in the final," he promised. "You will see us back and we will win the final."