Chelsea boss Antonio Conte on hearing of Diego Costa’s interview of how the management was treating him like “a criminal,” burst into fists of coughs and crackers before maintaining thereafter that the exiled striker was “in the past.”

In the turn of the month, Diego Costa had gone on air complaining that Chelsea was treating him “like a criminal” then on Friday, the Spain international accused The Blues of setting his transfer fee above the heights of Athletico Madrid.

The words “It’s great, it’s great. I prefer to laugh,” was all the pressmen that gathered around Conte got on Friday and that was after he received the news like a man listening to a clown.

“I can tell you that everyone who was in Chelsea knows very well what happened last season with Diego. It’s funny, this interview.” He added.

After having a clash of interest in January when an opportunity presented itself for a move to the Chinese Super League and spending the rest of the season in silent beef with the coach, the striker, much to the astonishment of the club, flared up after Conte told him he wasn’t in his plans via a text message in June. Continue reading CONTE LAUGHS OFF COSTA’S ACCUSSATION


German side Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that Ajax coach Peter Boszwould join them next season.

After sacking former boss Thomas Tuchel, the team needed a new manager to help them reach greater heights.

Fifty three year old Dutch tactician Bosz helped Ajax reach the Europa League final before falling to his Portuguese counterpart Jose Mourinho who led his Red Devils side to victory. Bosz finished second in the Eredivisie as Dirk Kuyt lifted the title for Feyenoord. However, everyone – the club management, fans and others, praised Bosz for his impressive effort with the youthful Ajax side.

Tuchel reported clash with the management earned him his dismissal despite winning the German Cup and finishing in the top three in the Bundesliga. Bosz is a disciple of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff. He replicated the ideal of the late icon in the current Ajax team and Dortmund want a piece of it.

Bosz started with an amateur team in his hometown, but after spells at De Graafschap, Heracles and Feyenoord, he is one of the biggest names in football management now. His spell at Vitesse Arnhem made the headlines ahead of his Ajax move. Now it’s Germany. Continue reading DORTMUND ANNOUNCE NEW COACH


German football legend Michael Ballack has advised Chelsea star Eden Hazard not to be lured into a move to Spain.

Real Madrid is reportedly weighing up an offer for the Belgian winger but Ballack has advised that he might not have the mental capacity to compete with the egos in Madrid.

Chelsea remain confident that Hazard would agree to a new deal amid interests from other clubs. Real have held long-time interests in the player and they have revisited it with their transfer ban off the table.

Ballack himself had to say no to Madrid at the height of his career in 2002. He moved to Bayern Munich instead, so his advice might be in order. He said Hazard’s last season – when Chelsea slumped following a Premier League title win – was not as good. And that he noticed Hazard was an “emotional player” who needed off-field activities to be good for him to perform well.

“I’m pretty sure if he moved to Real Madrid, he would have to fight for that standing again and it would take time because he’s a bit of an introvert. He’s not a player who talks a lot and Real Madrid, if you see the players they have, it would be a different situation for him,”Ballack warned. Continue reading BALLACK ADVISES HAZARD AGAINST MADRID MOVE


Chelsea legend Michael Ballack has labelled Coach Antonio Conte a winner, going by his observations of the Italian manager.

Chelsea sit comfortably at the top of the Premier League with at least ten points. They are also favourites for a double if they win the FA Cup having reached the semi-final alongside Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham.

There are ten games left in the league but many seem to have given up on the race, leaving Chelsea to await crowning.

“I’ve been really impressed so far. Since Conte came in, he brought the team back in line and they’re leading the table comfortably in front of Tottenham and Man City. All teams have high expectations but he seems to be able to have good access to the players and built up a quick new relationship which is always important after a disappointing season last season,” the retired star told Sky Sports.

Ballack whilst at the Bridge won the Premier League, three FA Cup titles and a League Cup.

Ballack also commented on the change in formation. The German said it was interesting to see how the coach quickly helped the team adapt to the new formation and remain consistent but added that it was nice that he changed it “very early” in the season. Continue reading BALLACK LABELS CONTE A WINNER

Ballack on Antonio Conte

Former German international and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack believes that Chelsea is the favorites to win the title.

He said that Antonio Conte has managed to build a team that is both strong physically and technically and that Premier League teams are finding it hard to stop them.

He said that he has no doubt that the Italian coach would be a success in the Premier League but he did not think that this would have come so quickly. He believes that Chelsea already had a good squad and that they were underperforming last season. He said that the Italian coach has managed to give confidence back to players such as Eden Hazard and Diego Costa and that they are again giving their best on the field.

Michael Ballack said that for him Chelsea are the favorites to win the title and that given the fact that they are not participating in any European competition this could be an advantage for them. He said that Antonio Conte would have all the time in the world to prepare his team for the weekend goals without getting distracted with games during the week. Continue reading Ballack on Antonio Conte

Ballack criticizes Mourinho

Michael Ballack has criticized Jose Mourinho for his treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger after the latter was forced to train with the youth team.

He said that the former Germany international does not deserve this treatment especially after the career he has had at the club and international level.

Michael Ballack joins a long list of international footballers that have criticized Jose Mourinho’s decision to treat Bastian Schweinsteiger in this way.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has not featured for the Manchester United first team after he has been removed from the squad at the start of the season and has also not featured in the official team photo.

Michael Ballack said that he does understand Jose Mourinho’s decision other than he just wants to humiliate the former German international. He said that the Portuguese should at least show some respect for what the player has achieved at club and international level.

Michael Ballack believes that Bastian Schweinsteiger is still a good player and that he can still contribute something to this Manchester United team. He said that Jose Mourinho is making a mistake for keeping such a talented player on the bench and that the team will benefit a lot from his experience Continue reading Ballack criticizes Mourinho

Michael Ballack is certain that Gotzewill be back to his best

After spending 3 seasons with Bayern Munich, Mario Gotze opted on making a return toBorussiaDormund and Michael Ballack has a few things to say concerning the German player.

It’s been over 3 years since Michael Ballack announced his retirement from playing football at a competitive level but even though he is retired, Ballack still remains up to date with everything that goes on in the world of football and he has recently voiced his thoughts concerning Mario Gotzeand his return to Borussia Dortmund.

Ballack is certain that Gotzewill be one of the best once again and especially now that he has returned to the place where he grew up in and started to develop as well as become as a world-class performer.

‘’There’s a few players like him who know what to do in every situation, just like he does. If he is able to perform on his highest level there are few others who are able to always make the right move like he does but he has to feel good and he has to bring it.’’ Continue reading Michael Ballack is certain that Gotzewill be back to his best

Michael Ballack Forecasts For Germany

Michael Ballack might be the former captain of Germany, but today he is more known for the punditry that he showcases for the major matches.

Germany today sees most of its matches reviewed by Michael and in certain cases he offers constructive criticism so that his country team can better their performances and learn from the mistakes they make. Indeed the latest game that ended in a draw with no goals against Poland does open up much opportunity for improvement and who else can provide better feedback than Michael Ballack.

There is a run up to the final match of the group with Northern Ireland that needs to be worked upon and when experts like Michael could provide the right feedback and direction to the team. It is quite a lot to discuss and work upon as there is a chance that Germany might not make it past the group stage in Euro 2016. Continue reading Michael Ballack Forecasts For Germany

Germany legends team led by Michael Ballack thrashed England legends

A Germany legends team that was led by Michael Ballack managed to beat an England Legends team 7-2.

The match was in honor of the 50th anniversary of England winning the World Cup and was held at Upton Park. Unfortunately, England could not manage to win the game in front of a crowd that was well above 15000.

The match was also in honor of the West Ham stadium that they will be leaving as from this season. The teams were made up not only of football players but also of other big names from outside the football world.

The first chance of the game came to England legends, but Darren Anderton could not find a way through Jens Lehman. It will be Germany who would take control of play thanks to goals from Hanna Balitsch and Mark Rehmer. The match will reach half-time with Germany legends firmly in control of the match.

The game will not change much after the break with Michael Ballack’s teammates keeping control of the match. David Odonkor, Oliver Neuville, and Marco Reich will add more goals to make it 6-0 for the Germany legends. The England team which was captained on that day by Rio Ferdinand could not do anything to stop wave after waves of attack from the German side. Continue reading Germany legends team led by Michael Ballack thrashed England legends

Similarities between Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Michael Ballack as per Glenn Hoddle

Michael Ballack is a retired, yet famous football player who has won the German footballer award three times.

He took his retirement in 2012 and now he is quite happy with the love of his life. The new girlfriend of the German footballer Michael Ballack belongs to a rich family. His girlfriend Natacha Tannous recently celebrated her birthday with Michael Ballack and her family. There were photos of her birthday celebrations posted and Michael Ballack did all he could to make her feel special on her birthday. The retired German footballer is known as one of the top goal scorers even today. He earned his reputation in the German national team. Michael Ballack has mostly worn 13 numbered T-shirt while playing majority of the football matches.

The midfielder of Chelsea Ruben Loftus Cheek has been compared with Michael Ballack by the former manager of England Glenn Hoddle. Loftus Cheek played for Chelsea and won against Aston Villa for 4-0 in the recent match. The former England manager sees many similarities in Loftus Cheek in terms of his play to the runner up of the world cup Michael Ballack. He said that this player reminds him of Michael Ballack in terms of his physique and the manner in which he plays. Continue reading Similarities between Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Michael Ballack as per Glenn Hoddle