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Ancelotti is understood to have been most reluctant to accept the release of Michael Ballack but...

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Ancelotti is understood to have been most reluctant to accept the release of Michael Ballack but the German went and his instinct proved correct. With Lampard soon out injured for four months and Ramires slow to settle in English football, Chelsea lost the midfield power which had become one of their trademarks.

Daily Mail Are Bundesliga statistics so hard to look up? Here, I'll help: Michael Ballack started one game from September through January for Bayer Leverkusen. Frank Lampard? He started seven. All that said, Chelsea did clearly miss midfield depth of the type Ballack used to provide. Michael Ballack 2009/10 would have helped, but his 2010/11 wouldn't have. Saying that Chelsea should have kept Ballack is like saying they should have used a time machine to pluck a younger Michael Essien away from 2007. Myth: Busted.