Chelsea star Michael Ballack has undergone a reformation since the departure of Jose Mourinho from Stamford Bridge in November. The German national team captain gets to play more number of games under Avram Grant and has swiftly developed into one of the more important pieces of the jigsaw as the London Blues carry on their march both in Europe and in the Premiership.
Ballack played against Olympiakos in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday and says:
John and Frank have been injured for a long time and it was a big game against Olympiakos so it was a decision from the coach. I’m not sure if anyone is untouchable now. I think they are both still very, very important players for us but you have to be careful after injuries. I know this myself, having had eight months out. It’s not an easy time when you come back – you can’t play every game straight away. The coach has a lot of experience. He knows what he’s doing.
Ballack seems to like the idea of playing under Grant and this has more to do with the fact that he is getting more playing time than he did under Mourinho. Not that the Chelsea fans should complain. Ballack is still under par given his exceptionally high standards but at least he is gradually climbing the ladder.