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9.11.2006

Ballack wants the glory in the Champions League

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The most important German player made a Bosman free transfer move to Stamford Bridge this summer, citing a desire to win trophies as the reason behind his exit from Bayern Munich.

In the other hand, Chelsea have twice come unstuck at Europe's top table under Jose Mourinho, being beaten by eventual winners Liverpool and Barcelona in the last two seasons.

So, we can say that the Premiership is a primary objective for many, but Ballack is eyeing glory on the European front.

"If I didn't think Chelsea were strong enough to win the Champions League, I wouldn't have moved here," said Ballack. "But it will be very difficult for us and it is far too soon to say we're going to reach the final.

"The ambition to get the Champions League title is certainly here but we know it will not be so easy.

"I think that in the last few years, Chelsea have reached the semi-finals and the last 16 and gone out of the competition.

"We have seen that there are some new players at Chelsea this time but it's not about two or three signings. It is about everyone delivering together.

"Even if you have a good group of players, this doesn't guarantee things will click and you will automatically have success.

"We are not the only club to have strengthened our squad.

"Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan - to name just a few - are all better this year."

Ballack showed his class with a commanding display in Saturday's win over Charlton and he is targeting midfielder Frank Lampard's role as Chelsea's penalty taker after the England man fluffed his lines.

"Maybe I will take the next penalty because Frank didn't make it. Maybe we will take turns," Ballack concluded.

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