Since Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked from his managerial role at Chelsea, reports have emerged suggesting that three senior Blues stars, thought to be Michael Ballack, Petr Cech and Didier Drogba, had words with Stamford Bridge supremo Roman Abramovich ahead of the BrazilianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sacking.
Skipper John Terry has already hinted that he was one of only a handful of players in full support of the manager, who seemed to have lost the respect of the dressing room and training ground.
However, a source close to goalkeeper Cech told The Sun that, while the Czech star did have problems with the Scolari regime, he wasn’t behind his removal.
Now German midfielder Michael Ballack has fought his corner, vaguely attempting to align himself with the pro-Scolari camp by pointing the finger at the team’s performances.
“Something like this is always unpleasant,” he told Sport1. “It is a pity because he was not with us long.
“Of course there was criticism and we have not achieved the results that we all wanted. That is not the fault of the coach but the team.”
Distancing himself from the opinion that the ghost of former boss Jose Mourinho still stalks the club, Ballack said, “Sure, Mourinho was obviously crucial for my move to Chelsea. Chelsea, however, even after the separation with Mourinho, are still a top club in Europe.”
Russia boss Guus Hiddink is expected to be brought in until the end of the season, but Ballack refused to comment on the candidate.