Chelsea's Grant desperate to win first trophy

February 24, 2008

LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Avram Grant seeks his first silverware as Chelsea manager when his side play London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday's League Cup final at Wembley.

Comparisons will be made with Grant's predecessor Jose Mourinho for whom a League Cup triumph in 2005 against Liverpool started a collection that included two Premier League titles.

However, Israeli Grant appears relaxed as he prepares for the biggest game of his short reign, revelling in the pressure.

'It is good pressure. The good thing about football, especially at a big club, is the pressure to think how to win,' he told the club's Web site (www.chelseafc.com). 'I wish to have this pressure all my life, I cannot live without this.

'I'm not worried about myself because if I don't take this trophy on Sunday, I will take trophies at Chelsea in the future.'

Grant's 80-year-old father Meir, a survivor of the holocaust, will be at Wembley to support his son.

Holders Chelsea start as favourites although Spurs have improved drastically under Spanish coach Juande Ramos, who took over from Dutchman Martin Jol in October.

Tottenham are expected to have club captain Ledley King back for the final as they try and win their first silverware since the 1999 League Cup final.

Striker Robbie Keane, who has worn the captain's armband, said having the defender back for his first game since the 5-1 semi-final, second leg win over Arsenal would be a huge boost.

'A team with Ledley King in it is a better team because he's a tremendous player,' Keane told reporters. 'He leads by example when he plays.

'Not many players can miss the number of games he does and then step back in. He's so quick, he glides across the pitch and reads the game really well. When he comes back in, you always feel safe.'

Tottenham are also expected to have England's Paul Robinson back in goal after he returned to action in Thursday's UEFA Cup tie against Slavia Prague having spent 10 games on the bench.