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The inside track from the ter­races

Prior to Tues­day night’s Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal first leg, Liver­pool mid­fielder Yossi Be­nay­oun showed his sup­port for much-ma­ligned coun­try­man Avram Grant. “He was my boss for six years. I worked with him in the na­tional team and I want him to suc­ceed. The facts are Chelsea are in the semi-fi­nals and are still fight­ing for the ti­tle so I don’t think any­one can say any­thing bad about him.” How sweet!

For­mer Arse­nal vice-chair­man David Dein re­minded Chelsea fans how they are in­debted to the mil­lions of owner Ro­man Abramovich. “Chelsea had won noth­ing (in the league) for 50 years. All of a sud­den, Abramovich lands his space­ship in south-west Lon­don and they win two cham­pi­onships. That’s his job sat­is­fac­tion.”

Con­tro­ver­sial Chelsea de­fender Tal Ben Haim could be on the verge of end­ing his Chelsea blues by seal­ing a sum­mer move to Tot­ten­ham. Juande Ramos be­lieves he has landed his man. Ben Haim, 26, has made just 17 starts for Chelsea since join­ing the club from Bolton on a free trans­fer at the end of last sea­son and has been a frus­trated on­looker in re­cent weeks. If you have any news on your team, email: sport@thejc.com

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