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Grant goes on the attack

02 Jan 2008 - 08:24:05

Chelsea manager Avram Grant revealed that he lost his cool with his players at half-time of their 2-1 victory against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Grant was furious at a lacklustre display in the opening 45 minutes by his side, who trailed 1-0 at the interval before hitting back to secure victory thanks to goals from Salomon Kalou and Michael Ballack.

Afterwards, Grant admitted: "I was not happy with the first half. We needed to do what was necessary to win the game because in the first half we didn't play well.

"Most of the time you can speak to the head of the players at half-time. The job for a manager is to do the right thing.

"When the players are too nervous the manager needs to be calm, when everyone is too calm the manager should not be calm.

"At half-time when you see the players are slipping, you need to wake them.

"Today everything was wrong. We didn't press well or move the ball well, we lost many passes.

"But I was very happy with the second half. We played good intelligent football.

"The players had more determination and played well. Everything was better after half-time."


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