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Arsene Wenger surprised Chelsea fired Avram Grant after Champions League final loss

Arsene Wenger surprised Chelsea fired Avram Grant after Champions League final loss

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was surprised Chelsea fired Avram Grant after his team lost the Champions League final to Manchester United on penalty kicks.
"If John Terry puts the penalty in, he's the same manager with the same qualities," Wenger said. "You cannot say the ball hitting the post and going out or the ball hitting the post and going in has changed the qualities of the manager. They're exactly the same."
Speaking ahead of the European Championship opener, Wenger also said he doesn't necessarily believe Alex Ferguson when the Manchester United manager announced he will retire within three years.
"He says that for 10 years now," Wenger said. "The passion is still there. So I think his retirement will more be decided by physical capacities. Will he still want the stress or not? For I think he will be motivated until the last day of his life."
Ferguson joined Manchester United in November 1986 and has managed the club to 20 major titles: 10 in the league, five in the FA Cup, two in the League Cup, two in the Champions League and one in the Cup Winners' Cup.
"I think he comes to an age where you have to consider," Wenger said Friday. "I didn't (see) any signs out this season that he's ready to retire."
Wenger was also asked if he would welcome former Inter coach Roberto Mancini or AC Milan's Carlo Ancelotti as a replacement for Grant at Chelsea.
"Not especially, because we like to attack in England," he said jokingly, a reference to the tendency of many Italian coaches to emphasize defense.
Unlike many football executives, Wenger is in favor of having match officials use instant replay. And he wouldn't limit replays to goal-line calls.
"I feel every big game I've seen this year has been decided offside or not offside, penalty or not penalty. And I believe that that has to be changed in the game because we have all to try to get more justice," he said.
He cited Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal for Argentina against England in the 1986 World Cup, saying it set a bad example for other players.
"(If) the guy is rewarded with a goal, they're thinking, 'Oh, my interest is to cheat, to win,'" he said.


Updated : 2021-04-19 17:03 GMT+08:00