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App exclusive: Ballack says Chelsea youngsters will learn from playing the best

Michael Ballack believes Chelsea youngsters will learn from playing the best in the Champions League

Speaking exclusively on the 5th Stand app after last night's game, Michael Ballack explained why playing Champions League football will be of such benefit to our younger players, despite the outcome. 

Ballack joined another former Blue, Pat Nevin, in the studio before and after the round of 16 first leg meeting between two clubs he served with such distinction. 

There were conflicting opinions in the studio afterwards about which route it would have been better for Chelsea to go down after the group stage ended in December, but Ballack was adamant a game against an elite side like Bayern will advance the development of the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James. 

'You want to always play against the best teams,' Ballack said. 'That's how you learn.'

You can watch the full discussion in the video above. To download the 5th Stand app click here

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