Chelsea Star Michael Ballack Advises Inter To Be Prepared For Stamford Bridge Showdown

The German international says that the Blues are a different side at home, and the Nerazzurri should be prepared...
Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has sent an ominous warning out to Inter, advising the Nerazzurri to be ready for their Champions League clash on March 16.

Despite the Beneamata taking a one-goal lead into the second leg at Stamford Bridge, the German international says that the Blues are a different beast to tame at home.

"We need to concentrate on ourselves," Ballack was quoted as saying to Corriere Dello Sport. "We are a very strong squad, and know what we need to do.

"The players also know what to expect from [Inter coach] Jose Mourinho, because he is a very good coach, and prepares his team well. They will be 90 minutes of fireworks, and we hope to have a happy ending in our favour.

"Italian teams are hard to beat, even away from home. They can defend, and know what they need to do in order to qualify for the next round. But we are stronger at home, where we have a good record.

"It is a precarious position to be in, but we have finished twice in the semi-finals and once in the final over the past few seasons, and our aim is to hoist the trophy," added the German midfielder.