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Grant suggests winner-take-all play-off

AFP , LONDON

Avram Grant believes Chelsea and Manchester United should decide the destiny of the Premier League title with a winner-take-all play-off if both teams finish level on points after today’s dramatic finale.

United will pip Chelsea to the title on goal difference if the leaders win at Wigan and Grant’s side beat Bolton at Stamford Bridge.

But Grant insists that is an unfair way to decide a season’s work. He would prefer the system used in Italy, where any title, relegation or European qualifying issues are decided by a play-off match if the teams are level on points.

The Israeli even joked that Chelsea’s Champions League final against United in Moscow on May 21 could serve as a showdown for both trophies.

“I must admit sometimes Manchester United play very good football and score a lot of goals,” Grant said. “But I prefer the system in Italy. If you have the same points you play the other team.”

“I know I have an interest now to say that, but I like it more than just for that. Sometimes against the weakest teams you score more goals,” he said. “If you have the same points it means you are on the same level so you have to play to see who is better. We could play winners takes all in Moscow!”

Grant’s suggestion has no chance of becoming reality this season, so Chelsea’s failure to keep pace with United’s goal spree could be costly, leaving him to rue injuries that deprieved him of Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard for long periods.

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