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By ESPN Staff

Grant ready to sacrifice style for progress

Avram Grant has put an emphasis on style since taking charge of Chelsea but admits tonight's Champions League clash against Fenerbahce is about getting a result.

The Turkish champions protect an impressive record at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium this season, while their opponents have clean sheets in their last six European games.

It means Grant may have to rely on his stubborn defence to get into the semi-finals, even though he has changed Chelsea into an entertaining outfit since taking charge in September.

'We try all the time to combine both of them (defending and entertainment) but you cannot do it all the time,' Grant said.

'In the Champions League, it's more important to qualify.

'If you play good (football), you have a better chance to qualify.

'So we will try to do both but the most important thing after these two games is to be in the semi-finals.

'They play good football but we believe in our strength to win, even if we know it will be two tough games.'

Nicolas Anelka will be facing his former club, and he believes Chelsea have the quality to pass their Turkish test and go on to win the Champions League this season.

The 29-year-old left Istanbul in 2006 to return to England, and Bolton provided his path back to a club playing in Europe's elite competition.

Now playing in the tournament he won with Real Madrid, Anelka feels he can win the Champions League with Chelsea.

'Like Real Madrid, we are a big club with a big squad and big players,' he said.

'It's always difficult to win the Champions League but I think we have the quality to win this title because of the way we play and the number of big players we have.'

Anelka was bought in January to bolster Chelsea's chances, although Didier Drogba is the preferred lone striker and the Frenchman has often been played on the flanks, or left out.

When paired together recently against Arsenal, the duo turned the match and inspired victory from the jaws of defeat, but Anelka is happy to play wherever Grant selects him.

'I'm very new at the club so I need to get used to my team-mates and learn the way we play,' he said.

'It's not difficult. When the manager asks me to play I play, when he asks me to be on the bench I try to help the team when I go on.

'It will be the same until the end of my contract. I'm just pleased to be here and playing for Chelsea and will try my best all the time.

'When we have the chance to play together, we will do it the best we can, it will be good.

'But you have a manager who decides what to do and I think he knows what to do. For the moment, he wants to play three (forwards) and me on the left or right so I will do my best to play in that position.

'We have to work also in training. Chelsea play with one striker up front so first we have to do it in training and after we will do it in a game. As long as we are winning.'