London, Nov 25: German footballer Michael Ballack claims that his old club, Chelsea, has lost the mental strength which made it a formidable force in 2005 and 2006.
Ballack’s comment comes after he helped Bayer Leverkusen beat Chelsea 2-1 in Wednesday’s Champions League clash,
“We knew before the game they were in a difficult moment, but it’s only when you play against a team on the pitch that you see what is really happening,” the Daily Mail quoted the 35-year-old midfielder, as saying.
“We could feel it on the pitch every minute, especially at the beginning of the match, that they were not as strong as they normally are. Even when they were 1-0 up, we could sense that they didn’t have the strength mentally they normally have.”
“We felt that on the pitch and even though we were lucky to score in the last minute, we always thought we had a chance of winning,” he added.
Ballack had spent four years at Stamford Bridge and left the club on a free transfer after his contract was not renewed in June 2010. (ANI)
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