Ballack: "It wasn't me" behind Scolari sacking

Michael Ballack has refuted claims he was one of the agitators behind the sacking of Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari. “There is no backing or basis for this,” said the German star. “I had a good relationship with every coach. In recent months I’ve spoken good things about the coach, but if you don’t get the results, a lot of people speak.” Ballack admitted holding a meeting with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich 10 days ago, but he insisted this played no part in the decision to fire Scolari. Scolari’s successor Guus Hiddink subjected players to an intense training session yesterday, and Ballack feels the new boss will steer the team in the right direction. “We want success and we know how it works normally,” said Ballack. “All we can do is stay together, work hard, fight and get the results.” Hiddink believes the Blues still have a chance to win the title, but Frank Lampard admits their season may be over if they fail to beat Aston Villa on Saturday. “Aston Villa is massive because they are in front of us,” said the midfielder. “It is going to be tough but we have a lot of big players, a strong team and I think we can do it.” CHELSEA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: One on One Gianfranco Zola, Nicolas Anelka Boy's A Bit Special Michael Mancienne, Scott Sinclair Perfect XI Ruud Gullit, Marcel Desailly Sing When You’re Winning Vidal Sassoon And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Ruud Gullit on Weekend Wonders and Chelsea on Talentspotter