Second best will do as Chelsea midfielder Ballack eyes trophy double

22 April 2009 10:57
Two good: Ballack wants home and European glory

Michael Ballack insists Chelsea's best chance of glory will come in the FA Cup and Champions League.

The Blues can move within a point of Premier League leaders Manchester United tonight by beating Everton, as long as Portsmouth cause an upset at Old Trafford, but Ballack refused to get carried away.

Chelsea take on the Toffees next month in the FA Cup final and have a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona to look forward to.

Germany international Ballack said: 'We will try everything, we have to win our games and second place is what we're trying for.

'Maybe we can win one or two trophies. If you look at the last few games, we've played good and come back from difficult situations, which has given us a lot of confidence.

'We showed that we are focused on the Premier League until the end. We know it's important to get on top. The other two teams have been a little lucky but that's what you need.'

Ballack will be desperate to figure against Everton at Wembley next month after missing Chelsea's 2007 FA Cup win against Manchester United, as well as being forced to sit out the 2002 World Cup final due to suspension.

The Blues' semi-final win over Arsenal last weekend owed much to winger Florent Malouda, who scored the equaliser after Theo Walcott had given the Gunners the lead.

Up for the cup: Malouda put in a fine shift against Arsenal at Wembley

The Frenchman's Stamford Bridge career had looked certain to end this summer after a lacklustre first half of the campaign under former boss Luiz Felipe Scolari but Malouda is now playing some of his best football since joining the club almost two years ago.

Malouda said: 'I still see my future at Chelsea. Everyone is talking about my future but I will stay here for a long, long time.

'We can do great things in the remainder of the season, especially in the Champions League.

'Everyone is thinking about the final we lost against United in Moscow last year.

'Our target is to reach the final again and win it. We know it won't be easy to beat Barcelona in the semi-finals but we have to be ready for that if we are to deserve to win the competition.'

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