Adebayor tips Chelsea in grudge match

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The Blues missed out on the Premier League title despite pushing United to the very last day of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men claimed their 10th crown with a win over Wigan at the JJB Stadium, while Avram Grant’s side slipped to a 1-1 draw against Bolton at Stamford Bridge.

A loss in Russia will resign Chelsea to their first trophyless season since 2004, and would almost certainly cost Grant his job.

But Adebayor believes the Blues will triumph at the Luzhniki Stadium, insisting they are desperate to reap vengeance upon the Red Devils.

“After speaking with my friends at Chelsea, they have one thing in mind — revenge. When a team is driven by revenge it is hard to beat.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel has slammed Manchester United’s media for meddling ahead of the final, insisting the much-maligned Didier Drogba will make them pay…

United forward Wayne Rooney claimed in the press this week that Drogba was ‘off his head’, while defender Nemanja Vidic added his name to the long list of those who have accused the Ivorian striker of diving.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez levelled similar criticisms at the former Marseille hitman prior to the Reds’ semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, during which Drogba scored to give the Blues a 4-3 aggregate win.

And Mikel, who almost signed for United from Lyn Oslo in 2005, believes the 30-year-old will answer his critics with a repeat dosage tonight.

“Sometimes people just try so hard to hate the club and unsettle the players,” said the Nigerian. “Didier had similar remarks against him before the semi-final against Liverpool and you could see how it inspired him to lead us to victory.

“We have a task on our hands but it is important not to let what some people say get to us. We have a lot to prove because people have said all sorts of things about Chelsea and some of the players.

“We think we can emerge as champions and make ourselves legends in the club’s history.”