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1.06.2007

Ballack says team tactics are not helping him

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In a very controversial statement, Michael Ballack assured that the coach's tactics as the reason why he has not made a bigger impact at Chelsea Football Club.

The talented midfielder was expected to be a key performer for the Blues this season after his summer switch from German team Bayern Munich on a free transfer but is struggling to hit peak form.

Despite many critics, Ballack believes that the Blues are not playing to his strengths. He expressed: "I would have hoped there would be more crosses in the air for me to score from. I remember that at Munich the tactics were similar but there were far more crosses.

"The kind of football play is slightly different from what I was used to. The full-backs do not press forward as they did at Bayern.

"What's more, if we sometimes change and play with forwards on the wings, they are the type of players that like to get the ball into the box and try to score rather than pass it on.

"I think that situation makes it more difficult for me to play to my strengths, like heading the ball into the net." he concluded.

We must mention that his words come after many angry statements from some team mates.