Many people expected the club to struggle without their charismatic leader but his successor, Israeli coach Avram Grant, has led the club on a run of just one defeat in their last 18 Premier League games, a Carling Cup final, the fifth round of the FA Cup and the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
"The club is always stronger than anything else," Makelele told L´Equipe. "It is stronger than the players and stronger than the coach. Even if the club appears to be wrong, they are right."
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