Ballack’s World Cup absence is a peak at Chelsea’s future.
There’s little doubt Chelsea fans will have felt nothing but sympathy for Michael Ballack when he was ruled out of the World Cup. The former Chelsea man always gave his all for the club and it was a shocking tackle during his last match for the side which meant he missed the trip to South Africa.
However, former German Lothar Matthaus believes the injury may have been a blessing in disguise for the Germany world cup odds to win in South Africa. Speaking to FIFA.com, he explained that Ballack’s absence has actually “helped” Germany in this tournament.
“I don’t mean that in a spiteful way, but Ballack was arguably holding up a number of players who’ve now blossomed. “Each of them has taken on a little more responsibility.”
The words are unlikely to comfort Ballack, who is unlikely to play in another major tournament according to World Cup betting Germany experts. However, his comments could please Chelsea fans worried about how their midfield would shape up in the absence of a player who has proved so vital in recent seasons.
He spent just over four years at the London club and in that time Ballack became one of the cogs the Chelsea side was built around. He clocked up more than 100 league appearances for the side and bagged 17 goals. However, towards the end of the season it became clear his days at Chelsea were limited and someone would have to fill the gap he left next term.
Ballack left the club on a free transfer and fans must be wondering who will fill his shoes. With less money to splash around these days, big name transfers are less likely. However, Matthaus comments about the Germany situation suggest we may not have to bring someone in. As this World Cup has proved, experienced players often dominate teams to the detriment of emerging stars. Once the legends have moved on, those once seen as bit part players have the chance to prove they can take centre stage after all.
Let’s just hope the same is true at Chelsea.