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Cristiano Ronaldo bagged 31 goals last season to win the Premier League golden boot. Can anyone stop him this time around?

Former manager Avram Grant believes Chelsea are now a stronger side than when he was in charge and has backed successor Luiz Felipe Scolari to bring the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge.

The Israeli was fired by Chelsea, three days after the Champions League final defeat on penalties to Manchester United in Moscow.

Scolari took charge on July 1 and has strengthened the squad after Grant’s eight-month reign.

Grant now expects the former Portugal and Brazil manager to bring success to Chelsea.

“In the last few months, there have been big changes at Chelsea,” said Grant in the Bangkok Post after giving a lecture to Thailand Premier League representatives in the Thai capital yesterday.

“I think they are now better than Manchester United or Arsenal.

“Scolari is a good coach and can bring success to Chelsea.

‘Chelsea have a good chance of winning the Premier League.’

Grant came tantalisingly close to winning silverware during his brief spell in charge at Stamford Bridge. The Blues lost to Tottenham in the Carling Cup and Manchester United in the Champions League final, as well as finishing runners-up to United in the Premier League.

“When I took over Chelsea after Jose Mourinho was fired, the English press and some Chelsea players did not believe in my ability,” he said.

“But I proved that to them in the last two or three months when Chelsea nearly won three competitions.”

The 53-year-old, who worked as technical director at Portsmouth before moving to Chelsea as director of football, also revealed he has received a number of job offers but from across Europe.

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged 31 goals last season to win the Premier League golden boot. Can anyone stop him this time around?

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