Ballack: Chelsea shouldn’t prioritise Europa League

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Michael Ballack of Chelsea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge on May 9, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Chelsea legend Michael Ballack suggests that the club’s Premier League campaign should take priority over the Europa League

After a disappointing fifth-place finish in last season’s Premier League, Chelsea are competing in Europe’s second-tier club competition this term.

Maurizio Sarri’s side have won all four of their Group L games and are already through to the knockout stages.

But things are also going well for their Premier League campaign with Chelsea unbeaten and just two points adrift of leaders Manchester City after 12 games.

While acknowledging their promising outlook in the Europa League, Ballack is certain that a club of Chelsea’s calibre should be focusing on Champions League football.

“I wouldn’t say their first target should be the Europa League,” Ballack told The Sun.

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“Chelsea should be a Champions League club.

“But they have a situation where they have a great chance to win an international trophy.

“They must do their best to take it. Ambition-wise, Chelsea must think about the Premier League and the Champions League, the titles which are really important.

“So far they have done well and made a good start. But Manchester City are playing better at the moment, even if the gap is only two points. Beating them will be a real challenge.”

Chelsea will travel to Tottenham on November 24 for their next Premier League fixture.