Finally, Avram Grant reveals what he told John Terry after his penalty miss

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If John Terry had converted from the spot-kick against Manchester United back in 2008, the Blues would have been champions of Europe twice, by now.

Terry was to take the final spot-kick and the Blues would have won on penalty shootout, but the Blues skipper slipped and his shot went waywardly to give United hope, as they’d go on to beat Chelsea in the shootout.

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TV cameras caught then Chelsea interim manager Avram Grant consoling Terry, and the Israeli still remembers what he said to his captain.

“In a good way, Jose [Mourinho] likes to be the centre of everything, the star,” Grant told The Sun.

“My approach is I am the director of a movie — the stars are the players.

“When I was hugging John I said, ‘I’ll never forget our first chat and how you helped the team get out of a bad situation. You can be proud’.

“We were really unlucky, we deserved to win. But nobody gets trophies because of deserve. 

“If Lampard scored when he hit the bar in extra time, it would have been one of the most beautiful team goals in a final. But this is history.”

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