Ballack insists Chelsea boss Ancelotti a match for Mourinho

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack says Carlo Ancelotti is a match for Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack says Carlo Ancelotti is a match for Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge for the second-leg of their big Champions League tie defending a 2-1 lead.

Ballack said: “Mourinho is a good coach. He will prepare Inter well. But he is not on the pitch.

“He can coach his team, but in the end we have to play and we have a good coach in Carlo Ancelotti who can bring out the best in us. It’s down to us. If we play good football we’ll reach the next round.”

Asked what will clinch it for Chelsea, who have a first-leg away goal after Salomon Kalou’s strike, Ballack concluded: “Hopefully there will be a special individual moment. Most important, though, is a strong performance.”