Michael Ballack believes the dressing-room team spirit has been so galvanised under new coach Carlo Ancelotti that Chelsea are now ready to win the “big prizes” once again.
“I'm part of a team that is ready to start winning the big prizes again and it feels like we now have a manager who will bring stability to the club,” said Ballack.
“We have had too many coaches during my time at Chelsea and that is not a good idea if you want success.
“Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari all came and went before Guus Hiddink had some time with us last season, but it feels like Carlo is here to stay and that has to be good news.
“This team has connected with Ancelotti and all the players believe he is a man who can work for us.”