Michael Ballack says he is confident Chelsea can go all the way in this season's UEFA Champions League.
The German midfielder is keen to make up for the disappointment of losing last season's final to Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Ballack, who is set to return to action from a foot injury in their opening Champions League clash with Bordeaux, says the whole squad is determined to win Europe's biggest prize.
"We still think about what happened last year, a little bit," said Ballack "It's not easy to start all over again. You know that there's a long way ahead of you, many tough games and close calls where you need some luck as well.
Confident"We're confident of our abilities but know it'll be hard work.
"It's a top competition and we hope to go as far as last season. At least.
"I really want to win it and so do Chelsea as a club. And I think we can do it. We were a penalty kick away from winning it in Moscow, so we obviously didn't do too much wrong."
Ballack also believes the signing of Deco could give Chelsea a little something extra as they look to secure their first ever Champions League success.
"It's great that we managed to keep all our important players," added Ballack. "With Deco and (Jose) Bosingwa, we picked up two really strong players as well. I feel we're a better side this year.
"Deco gives us something a little extra in midfield. He can hold the ball, step on it. I think we're a better footballing team this season. We have more control."