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Grant stays focused on final
21 May 2008 - 07:57:59
Chelsea manager Avram Grant refused to discuss his own future in the build-up to the Champions League Final with Manchester United.
The Israeli coach's long-term future at Stamford Bridge remains unclear with reports continuing to suggest Wednesday's showpiece in Moscow could be his final game in charge.
But Grant, who succeeded former boss Jose Mourinho is September, insists he is totally focused on securing the club's first Champions League crown.
He told a press conference: "You need to respect everyone at Chelsea and ask questions about the final, not about me.
"We are here because we are here for the most important game for the club.
"We are here today 11 days after the league. If it's a normal season for Chelsea we are on vacation now. This is the most important game in the world."
Meanwhile Grant, who admitted he has a number of pictures on the walls of his office of famous leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Winston Churchill, is hoping to outwit his United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson.
"Manchester United are a very good team and have had a very good season," he continued.
"It is not easy to score against them. The forwards are very good, the midfield is very good.
"I really respect Alex as a person and as a manager. He has done great things.
"Not many managers have been in the final of the Champions League and I respect him - but I want to win."