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Grant admits relief after Leicester run Chelsea close

Chelsea boss Avram Grant admitted some relief after his team's class finally overcame a courageous Leicester City for last night's 4-3 Carling Cup victory.

Late goals from Andriy Shevchenko and Frank Lampard earned Chelsea a place in the last eight after City stormed back to lead 3-2 in the 74th minute.

Grant said: "It was a good game. We enjoyed the winning and scoring four goals but we didn't like what happened in the game because we conceded three goals.

"More importantly it showed that we have good character. I have never in my life given up until the last moment even if we are losing 2-0.

"This is football. When we were leading 2-1 we created five chances one-on-one with the goalkeeper. It was fantastic but we should have scored. But that is football.

"We want to score but we don't want one goal scored against us. But it was good football.

"We played positive football and in the last 10 minutes the players showed they have a big heart and good character and I like that. Sometimes it is more important than other things.

"We want to progress our game and every game in the last month and a half we have taken lessons from. Andriy's goal was a fantastic one at the right moment and the right time."

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