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Grant: Scolari can deliver title to Stamford Bridge

LONDON, July 30 (Premier League) - Former boss Avram Grant believes Chelsea are now a stronger side than when he was at the club and has backed successor Luiz Felipe Scolari to bring the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge.

The Israeli was dismissed by the Blues in May, three days after the Champions League final defeat on penalties to Manchester United in Moscow.

World Cup-winning boss Scolari took charge on July 1 and has stabilised the squad after Grant's ill-fated and much-criticised eight-month reign.

Grant now expects the former Portugal and Brazil manager to bring success to Chelsea.

'In the last few months, there have been big changes at Chelsea,' said Grant in the Bangkok Post after giving a lecture to Thailand Premier League representatives in the Thai capital yesterday.

'I think they are now better than Manchester United or Arsenal.

'Scolari is a good coach and can bring success to Chelsea.

'Chelsea have a good chance of winning the Premier League.'

Grant led Chelsea to two finals after succeeding Jose Mourinho in September - the Blues lost to Tottenham in the Carling Cup and Manchester United in the European showcase.

Chelsea also finished runners-up to United in the league and Grant remains steadfast in his belief that he is a good manager.

'When I took over Chelsea after Jose Mourinho was fired, the English press and some Chelsea players did not believe in my ability,' he said.

'But I proved that to them in the last two or three months when Chelsea nearly won three competitions.'

The 53-year-old, who worked as technical director at Portsmouth before moving to Chelsea as director of football and later becoming manager, also revealed he has received a number of job offers but from across Europe, but he is enjoying a break from the game.


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