Former German national team captain Michael Ballack took a hard swipe at his ex-club FC Chelsea.
“To get this performance from the team is partly underground. The boys have to get their noses in there. But there is also a lot to work on internally,” said Ballack on the sidelines of the quarter-final second leg between FC Bayern and Manchester City at “DAZN” and added: “Since Roman Abramowitsch left the club, many positions have been filled or people who had left a functioning environment dismissed. That has not yet been adequately replaced. Some work is needed there.”
Chelsea were eliminated by a 0-2 draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals and thus lost their last chance for the title. In the Premier League, the Blues are only eleventh.
Even under Frank Lampard, the third coach this season after Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, the negative trend could not be stopped. In winter alone, the club spent more than 300 million euros on eight new players under new club boss Todd Boehly. Ballack played for Chelsea from 2006 to 2010 and won the league and the FA Cup with the club.