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Grant happy to have new Chelsea selection headache

Chelsea boss Avram Grant has dismissed concerns over the balance of his team ahead of their Champions League date with Olympiacos.

Grant still has to grapple with the thorny issue of whether Michael Ballack and Frank Lampard can play alongside each other in midfield and how to accommodate Didier Drogba and new £15 million signing Nicolas Anelka in attack.

But Grant remains non-plussed by such concerns ahead of game that could well be affected by a rock-hard pitch and freezing conditions.

Grant said: "Anelka is a very good player and my opinion is there are no two managers or strikers the same.

"This is what is exciting about football. We have good players and take the best of them. Everybody asks me if Anelka can together with Drogba and if Ballack can play with Lampard. Two good players can always play alongside each other if they are ready to work for the team.

"It was not easy days in the last three months without so many important players.

"It was very important in December and January to use the squad properly, We bought only one player during this period even though we miss a lot of players through injury.

"We trust this squad. We are still in all competitions. Now there are more opportunities and the good players are coming back.

"The competition for places is good for me, the team and the players. I don't know which is more of a headache, the situation now or the one I had two or three months ago.

"This is less of a headache. This is part of life as a manager at a big club. I don't call it a headache.

"I know who will play, how we will play, and who will be on the bench.

"The situation is more good now. But the players who have come back from injury and Africa are in good shape but they will get even better in time.

"I take all the decisions based on what is the best for the team. Always in Chelsea there will be big players on the bench or not playing. This is life of a manager and of the players. I think it is good for them."

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