Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack believes that former Leicester City midfielder N'GoloKante can be a success at Chelsea.
He said that N'GoloKante was terrific for Leicester City last season, and he will have to confirm at a big club at Chelsea. However, he believes that the French international has the necessary skills and experience to play at the highest level and has backed him to be a success in London.
Ballack believes that the arrival of N'GoloKante will boost a Chelsea midfield that has lacked aggressiveness and energy last season and believes that the player can have a similar impact as Claude Makelele.
Michael Ballack has stated that Pep Guardiola should be given time at Manchester City.
He said that the Manchester project is a really big one, and it is not something that can be done in one day. He has urged fans and football lovers around the world to give the new manager time before judging him.
Michael Ballack said that Pep Guardiola is a good manager and that he will surely improve the Manchester City team, but he will need some time to work out with the players. He said that the manager is passionate about his job and will want his players to play in a certain way. This is not something that he will be able to teach in one or two weeks, and it is important that he should be given time.
Former German international Michael Ballack says that Chelsea play maker Eden Hazard is a very emotional type of player, so the terms must be right for him to flourish.
Ballack spent four years at Chelsea between 2006 and 2010. He decided to reveal the possible reason for the resurgence of the Belgian skipper this season after an underwhelming campaign in the last term.
"He was struggling a bit last year. Players like him, who are, in my eyes, very emotional players, they need a kind of warm environment, a good relationship with everyone - especially the coach - to perform,” Ballack told OmniSport. He admitted that Hazard was a great talent, and that the expectations are high for every game.
Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti believes that he has one of the best teams in European football and believes that his team will end up winning some silverware at the end of the season.
He said that the result does not have any importance because the team is in pre-season and only preparing themselves. He stated that he was pleased with the way his players control the ball and that we should not forget that they were playing against an excellent team. He said that Bayern Munich was good in the first-half, but they, however, faded during the second half.
Michael Ballack used to be one of the indispensable players for the German national team.
The former Bayern Munich and Chelsea midfielder claims that Bastian Schweinsteiger has now taken up the mantle. The Manchester United midfielder scored a late goal in the nation’s opening game at the Euro 2016 against Ukraine. Even though this goal came late in the game, it was mightily important since it provided some breathing space for Germany. The nation was coming under severe criticism in recent months following their poor performance in friendly games. Schweinsteiger was forced to miss the recent matches due to a knee injury.
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack is the opinion that Bayern Munich will struggle to get past Atletico Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions League.
After suffering a narrow loss in the first leg, Bayern are hoping to take advantage of the return leg being at home. This has traditionally been seen as an advantage, but it remains to be seen if it will matter against Atletico Madrid team who are extremely happy to just sit and hit the opposition on the counter-attack. Pep Guardiola has set his sights on winning the Champions League in his final season at the club.
The former German midfielder Michael Ballack says that he has been impressed by three England players namely Ross Barkley, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.
Ballack says that England has an excellent team with such talented players and that he look forward to seeing these players perform with the national team.
He has been impressed by the qualities of the Everton’s midfielder especially his strength and also his ability to run from box to box. Indeed, his playing style can be somehow reminiscence of how Ballack played during this youth. So far this season, he has made 39 appearances for Everton and scored 12 goals.
Remi Garde has provided the latest updates on Micah Richards and according to the Aston Villa manager; the England player should be available for the match against Chelsea. Micah Richards has suffered a groin injury in training and missed the game against Tottenham as well as Swansea.
According to the Villa’s manager, this is a light injury and will not require lengthy treatment. Micah Richards should be up and running very soon. The international break should provide Richards with enough time to recover and to prepare himself for the remaining games of the season.
For some pundits, Richards was not injured for the game against Tottenham, but he was rather dropped because of poor performance in the precedent game against Manchester City. Garde wanted to change things and as a result, Richards was axed from the first team.
John Terry has been performing with Chelsea since he was 14 years old and after having made over 450 appearances he has turned into an iconic figure for the Premier League club but his time in Stamford Bridge is about to reach it’s end as the captain of Chelsea announced his plans to leave the team that he has been performing in for over 20 years.
It’s important to take into consideration that John Terry did not say that he was going to retire in this season but instead that he is going to make his way out of Chelsea as the veteran defender has plans of retiring in another club and this is something that has affected Chelsea fans who did not take this news easily.
"I was in for talks last week before the Arsenal game and it is not going to be extended. It's not going to be a fairytale ending. I'm not going to retire at Chelsea. It's going to be elsewhere, which it took me a couple of days to get over." John Terry said after his team claimed a 5-1 triumph over Milton Keynes Dons in the 4th round of the FA Cup.
The veteran defender will be making his way out of Chelsea in their most disappointing of recent times but this was going to arrive sooner or later.
Chelsea has no realistic chance of winning the Premier League title in this season and John Terry is well aware of that, this is why the English defender went on saying that his last objective with the Premier League club is to win the FA Cup.
"It's my last run in the FA Cup, so I want to make it a good one. It's a big season for me and I want to push on not just in this competition, but in the Premier League as well’’ John Terry added on.
Joachim Low has assured the defender Jerome Boateng that there would be no rush in team selection for the European Championships and the management would wait till the last possible moment for him to be fit and ready for the tournament.
Boateng’s Euros chances took a hit yesterday as he injured one of his key Foot muscles while appearing in Bundesliga.
However, thankfully, there is still a lot of time for the Euros to kick off and if Boateng’s recovery doesn’t go wrong, he can back himself to be back to scene in time to be considered for selection.
Boateng also seems to have got the support of his national manager Low who is of the view that the 27-year old is strong enough to overcome the adverse circumstances.
Low was quoted as saying, “The situation is tough yes, but, I trust Jerome to come out of it and I have already conveyed to him that the door would not be closed on him until the very last moment.”
“It’s similar to what had been the case with Sami Khedira in 2014 when he was racing against time for World Cup and we had waited for him. We are going to do the same with Jerome and hopefully, he will be back.”
“He has got the correct attitude as a player and I am sure he would handle this situation quite patiently.”
Boateng was a part of starting line up of Germany in all the 7 matches that they had played in World Cup and he was to be the main man in the defence of the team in Euros too, but, obviously, there is a cloud over his participation now and if he does officially get ruled out, it will be a blow for the Germans.