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Desailly backs Chelsea to win Double

Former Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly is backing his old club to win the Premiership and Champions League Double.

"It is clear Chelsea feel that this is their moment," Desailly told BBC Sport. "You can see the spirit is there, and they might just do it."

Desailly also insists owner Roman Abramovich was right to hand Avram Grant the job.

"For sure," said Desailly when asked if Grant was the best manager for Chelsea. "Abramovich is clever, he knows the people to appoint in his companies and especially in his own team (Chelsea).

"He knew that maybe it was time to change Mourinho and he replaced him with a guy who perhaps did not have the same quality as Mourinho but has other qualities.

"You can see that slowly Grant has put his own style on the team, the players have adapted to him and things are going well.

"They have made a few mistakes - against Tottenham in the Carling Cup final, against Wigan in the league - but in the Champions League they have kept a good rhythm to reach another semi-final.

"Mourinho never did better than that and that's why you have to give Grant consideration and then freedom next year to work in better conditions with no polemic around him."



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