Michael Ballack: Chelsea needed more than one Eden Hazard
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack felt the Blues lacked creativity after a 3-1 loss to Atletico Madrid
Michael Ballack believes Chelsea needed more than one Eden Hazard after Atletico Madrid ended the Blues’s hopes of reaching a third successive European final.
The west London side had taken the lead through former Atletico striker Fernando Torres in the 36th minute, but Adrian Lopez put the visitors ahead on away goals on the stroke of half-time at Stamford Bridge.
It looked like Chelsea were limited in their options to create chances. Atletico deserved to go through
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho brought on Samuel Eto’o in a bid to find a winner, but Diego Costa edged the Spanish leaders ahead on the night from the spot before Arda Turan sealed their place in the final with a 72nd-minute strike.
And former Blues midfielder Ballack, who has been a runner-up in two Champions League finals, felt Mourinho’s side lacked creativity against Diego Simeone’s well-drilled outfit.
“It looked like both teams were equal because they were focused on defending,” Ballack told Sky Sports.
“I never had the feeling that they could create a lot of chances. One Hazard is not enough against a strong defensive organised team.
“It looked like Chelsea were limited in their options to create chances. Atletico deserved to go through.”
Ballack added: “They have the talent with players like Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Schurrle on the bench. But they need to grow as well.
“That’s the first time they are in the semi-final with these kind of players. They need to adapt. It needs time. Of course they will sign one or two players, but this team has quality.”