Michael Ballack has praised his former club Chelsea, who managed a comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke city during the weekend. This will be the match preceding the encounter against Paris St Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals. Chelsea will be needing to come back from a 3-1 deficit after they lost in the first leg by this margin. The club has been one of the few in Europe to have already achieved a similar comeback in the past, but Michael Ballack says that it will be very difficult against a strong piece the team.
Ballack played for the blues for four years during which period he won numerous titles including the Premier League. The Champions League title, however, eluded him and he came the closest during the 2009 season when the club reached the semifinals. He also played in the 2008 Champions League final in which Chelsea lost to local rivals Manchester United. Ballack says that Chelsea have what it takes to complete the job in the second half, and he says that the win over Stoke city is the perfect preparation for it.
He has also claimed that José Mourinho has done extremely well to manage these resources between the Premier league and the Champions League since this is a very difficult task.
“It has been a very important result. The match between the two meetings in the Champions League is always difficult because you must think of the next game in your head. They did a good job. Stoke played very badly, so they deserve it,” said Ballack. During his time at Chelsea, he made more than 100 appearances in the league. He was brought to the club by Mourinho, but he did not play much under the Portuguese. Mourinho was sacked a few months after