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Im pleased he's back,he owes the club!

Signing him and Sheva was a joke,so he needs to make up for his part in all this farce.

Ballack is obviously a top quality player.

I saw him at the Bridge when we done Bayern 4-2 and he was head and shoulders above the rest of their team.

So hopefully he has had enough time,he'll get back to fitness and start pushing for a place in the team.

I still believe that Ballack can turn his lazy,stroller image around.

This new style of football might open him up and bring the best out of him.

So get fit and earn your money!

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He got injured just when he seemed to be starting to find his place in our side. I think Ballack on a technical level is even better than Lampard, but Lampard has been far more consistant the last 4 years. Saying that, Ballack on form and fit again would be a nightmare for any opponent this year, look out Man U!!

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Im pleased he's back,he owes the club!

Signing him and Sheva was a joke,so he needs to make up for his part in all this farce.

Ballack is obviously a top quality player.

I saw him at the Bridge when we done Bayern 4-2 and he was head and shoulders above the rest of their team.

So hopefully he has had enough time,he'll get back to fitness and start pushing for a place in the team.

I still believe that Ballack can turn his lazy,stroller image around.

This new style of football might open him up and bring the best out of him.

So get fit and earn your money!

Totally agree mate, he is a great player, but we have not seen the best of him. Although his option to get surgery done himself was baffling. Tiem to earn your keep, or we should off-load him in the summer

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My over-riding memeory of 'Mickey' last season was him standin in the centre circle when we were one nil down against Arsenal with 10 mins to go WITH HIS HANDS ON HIS f**kING HIPS.

The guy is a great player. A great player.

But as paying fans we have every right to comment on his lack of effort. At times last season he looked great, but showed no heart. Actually the total opposite of Sheva who showed lots of heart but zero quality!

Im willing to give him another chance.

But he's got to take it!

And anyway I just dont know where he will fit in - Who goes ? Lamps ? Essien ? JOM ?

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My over-riding memeory of 'Mickey' last season was him standin in the centre circle when we were one nil down against Arsenal with 10 mins to go WITH HIS HANDS ON HIS f*****g HIPS.

He ALWAYS has had his hands on his hips. It's his typical stance. He's done this ever since he started out with Kaiserslautern. His stance is interpreted as laziness, not just by Chelsea fans, but also his own fans when he played for Leverkeusen and Munich. But it's deceptive and he does get the work done. Last CL season when they were clocking how many kilometers players had run during matches, he regularly put in 13 and 14 km.

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Agree with Luis Enrique. Ballack moves around quite alot. He sometimes does more yards than any other on the team. The thing about Ballack is while he might only use about 25-30% of those yards doing something with the ball he uses the rest to help his teammates by opening up spaces and such. Things that many might not notice but is vital in every team. The dirty work you don't get recognition for.

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  • 3 weeks later...

part of the reason he was playing so poorly and particularly passing so poorly is the amount of players he had in front of him. 1 up front and poor wingers or a 4132 'diamond' with no width, too much negativity and not enough movement. he was just launching the ball from the right where he had been pushed out too be essien/lamps in CM.

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What do you think of him now? Can he replace Lamps and lead us to some good results in the other half of the season?

I think it was a bald move from Avram to give him the captains armband against Newcastle, but it just shows how concentrated he is at the moment.

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Ballack is a top quality player, and would be a perfect replacement for Lampard were he to leave.

I don't think it was a bold decision by Grant to give Ballack the captaincy in JT's absence, more of an obvious one - Ballack is a natural leader, and after all, he's been captain of Germany for quite a while. The team has been crying out for a leader whenever JT's not around, now we have one.

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Ballack is a top quality player, and would be a perfect replacement for Lampard were he to leave.

I don't think it was a bold decision by Grant to give Ballack the captaincy in JT's absence, more of an obvious one - Ballack is a natural leader, and after all, he's been captain of Germany for quite a while. The team has been crying out for a leader whenever JT's not around, now we have one.

Phh, that Avram Grant hasn't a clue - he just reads this forum and does what he is told

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2215&p=33251&hilit=captain#p33251 icon_wink.gif (About half way down re: Ballack as captain)

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I'm over the moon. I was very happy when we signed him (as I was with Sheva), but although I felt Sheva would come good, I felt Ballack would fit in instantly. He didn't really, but I still feel we will see the best of him, and soon. He is the one big hope we have in this dark period devoid of our team leaders. The captaincy may actually bring out the best of the German, our German.

Cheers,

Butch

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For people who think that Ballack appears lazy on the pitch

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.j ... smi102.xml

"Mind you, on the issue of stamina, his statistics didn't suffer. According those statistics, no one on Chelsea's books habitually covers more ground during the course of 90 minutes. Not even the tireless Lampard clocks up so many miles."

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Ballack is looking VERY good at the moment. He also gives much more vfm at freekicks and pens than Frank.

I am impressed at his skippering. He consoled Kalou after one mis-hit against Fulham. Not a big point but a nice touch I think.

Ballack does cover a lot of ground, this has been stated before...it is just a shame that he is not the quickest.

However. he looks good at the mo, as did Sheva before his latest injuries.

If we can keep them fit, we may get the return that was expected when they first arrived.

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Ballack's a natural at captaining a team, did it for both munich and for Germany.

I'm enjoying our free kicks actually going into the net insted of the wall ::Scalf::

Yeah, it really looks like Ballack is settled to the game and in England generally. Maybe we will get more out of Lampard with Ballack on the pitch during the ACN if Lamps is back from his injury.. Wouldn't hurt Lamps to face some competition on the midfield.

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