Low: Different league will benefit Ballack

Germany coach Joachim Low believes Michael Ballack’s decision to leave Bayern Munich was the right one.

Germany coach Joachim Low believes Michael Ballack’s decision to leave Bayern Munich was the right one.

Ballack quit Bayern for Chelsea this summer after claiming four Bundesliga and three German Cup titles in his home country.

The Germany skipper is slowly but surely finding his feet with the Blues, and Low is happy about the way his star playmaker is coping with the new challenge.

“I think it is a big benefit for him to play in a different league,” Low told PA Sport at the FIFA World Cup Symposium in Berlin.

“He has accomplished everything you can accomplish in Germany. He played on a very high level for the 10 years he was here. Chelsea is a new challenge.

“And having spoken to him, I think he is really enjoying it. He has adjusted very well even though he was injured at some point during the first weeks. But he played well in the last home match and had also made a good home debut.”

Low is convinced Ballack will see regular playing time in a star-studded midfield that also features the likes of Michael Essien and Frank Lampard.

“It is important for every player to play in a lot of matches and I am convinced he (Ballack) will be playing,” he added.

“The permanent pressure to perform and the competition at Chelsea is very positive for him.”

Low was also full of praise for Chelsea’s Premiership rivals Arsenal, who cross swords with Hamburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The former Germany assistant is looking forward to seeing the Gunners in action.

“Hamburg versus Arsenal is a very interesting match,” he stated. “You’ve got Jens Lehmann playing for Arsenal. And Arsenal have a great playing philosophy which is very interesting for a coach.”

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