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10.30.2006

"Pressure is on Barcelona and not on us"

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Michael Ballack feels really happy in Chelsea, and he says the pressure will be on FC Barcelona when the two powerful teams meet at Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

We must remember that Chelsea beat Ronaldinho's team with one goal netted by Drogba. "With nine points out of three matches, we have every chance of finishing top in this group," Ballack told to a news source. "Looking at the standings, Barcelona will have a tough time, because Bremen have also got four points.

"However, I believe that Barcelona are the favourites in their next two home encounters against Chelsea and Bremen particularly as they also lost against Real Madrid and have something to prove. As for us, we can wait and see. The pressure on us is much less as we beat Barcelona in the first leg. I'm sure that now the pressure is on them and it will be hard for them to reach the next round."

African star Didier Drogba scored the winner at Stamford Bridge on Matchday 3 and Ballack feels that result has given a "real boost" as the group stage reaches its climax. "Beating Barcelona was vital and has given our confidence a real boost, especially as we played such great football. I think we were highly concentrated and it was a great game to watch. Every season you have two or three very special matches and this one against the Spanish team was one of them. If you win such a crucial clash, the boost is huge."

It's good to mention that Michael Ballack scored his second Premiership goal since signing from FC Bayern M√ľnchen in Chelsea's 2-0 win against Sheffield United FC on Saturday, and the "Blues" are in great form as they chase their third straight crown.

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