Chelsea star Michael Ballack slams Victor Moses, others

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 07/06/2018

Michael Ballack has condemned Nigeria's Victor Moses and his Chelsea team-mates for finishing fifth and was also critical of the club's hierarchy.

Chelsea spent nearly £200m last summer but could only finish fifth in the table and Ballack who spent four years at Stamford Bridge, winning the 2010 Premier League questioned whether his former club are making the right decisions after they failed to qualify for the Champions League for a second time in three years.

"It's not what Chelsea is asking for, running so far behind,' said Ballack, who helped Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2010 as well as winning three FA Cups and one League Cup during his four years at Stamford Bridge.

"Chelsea with its history shouldn't have different ambitions. You have to think about what happened the last three years.

"Finishing fifth is not good enough for Chelsea, and especially in the last three seasons not qualifying for the Champions League twice.

"It's a sign, it's a development with which you have to be careful. You have to question yourself inside Chelsea to see what you have done right and what you have done wrong.

"Even the title last year was achieved by being out of European competition.. It's achieved by good circumstances. But not qualifying (for the Champions League) now, you should question are you making the right decisions?"

Chelsea have consistently been one of the biggest spenders in Europe since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003 and have won the trophies to match.