Chelsea’s poor form recently cost striker Diego Costa his first-team spot.
Eden Hazard was one of the key performers for Chelsea the previous season. Not only did he net 14 goals himself, he influenced another 10 goals with assists and made sure Chelsea attained Premier League glory for the third time under the Portuguese talisman Jose Mourinho.
But, the same spark has not been there so far this summer as far as Hazard is concerned and that has rubbed off on Chelsea as a team.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has slammed the performances of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic following the club’s latest loss against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea boss José Mourinho has dismissed concerns that he does not trust defender Branislav Ivanovic anymore after dropping the Serbian to the bench for the Champions League match against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Ivanovic has come under huge criticism since the start of the campaign. His form has been a major reason behind Chelsea already conceding more goals than any other team in the league this season. Another defender who has also shared the blame is defender John Terry. Coming on the back of his most impressive season with Chelsea, it is surprising to see Terry’s form hit so hard.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has grown into one of the important numbers at the club, which seemed unlikely after making a £ 9 million move in 2009.
He rarely featured for the first-team immediately upon his arrival. It was then suggested that he may return back to eastern European football. His breakthrough at the club came under Ancelotti and he has never looked back since. Ivanovic comes on the back of a brilliant campaign with Chelsea and it saw him lift the second Premier League title in his career. After having won the league title for the first time since 2010, Chelsea will be hoping to retain the trophy next season.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reckons that defender Branislav Ivanovic can play as a striker in order to help the club overcome the injury crisis upfront.
Ivanovic is one of the top goal scorers from defence with the Serbian managing to find the back of the net on a regular basis for both club and national teams. Most of his goals have come from headers, but he is also equally good with his feet. These qualities will appeal to Mourinho when his Chelsea team take on QPR at Loftus Road. The blues go into the match without two of their first choice strikers – Diego Costa and Loic Remy – both sidelined due to niggling injuries.
Branislav Ivanovic’s contract with Chelsea will be reaching it’s end next year and all signs are pointing towards the Serbian defender having his contract extended beyond the current one which expires in 2016.
The 31 year old right-back Ivanovic was signed by Chelsea for a transfer fee that’s believed to be in the region of €9 million and so far he has turned out to be a key figure for the Premier League as the defender is one of the most consistent players and first choices for Jose Mourinho.
Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have displayed interest in signing BranislavIvanovic but the player is not expected to make a move outside of Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho has praised Ivanovic on a number of occasions.
Chelsea’s 5-3 defeat at Tottenham was arguably the best game in the English Premier League to date, but it could have proved to be a damaging defeat.
Losing to a North London rival is one thing, but the manner in which Tottenham ruthlessly exposed Chelsea’s defensive vulnerabilities and uncharacteristic errors resulted in a day to forget for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Branislav Ivanovic was part of the Blues defence who simply had a bad day at the office, with the Serbian struggling to nullify the threat of Danny Rose and Nacer Chadli as both players caused havoc throughout down the left wing.
Serbia’s had to play their latest 2016 Euro’s qualifying match with an empty stadium as the national team is serving a 2 game crowd ban after their previous incident with Albania.
Serbia played against Denmark and despite taking the early lead; it was the visiting team that emerged as the victorious side thanks to goals from NicklasBendtner and Simon Kjaer.
NemanjaMatic spread the ball over to the left wing which eventually landed in the path of ZoranTosic and the Serbian midfielder gave his country the lead at the 6th minute of the match. It was a superb start for the hosts but from there on out Denmark started to grow in the game as they collected the ball and gained more possession than their opponents but failed on actually scoring in the first half.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has claimed that Jose Mourinho was extremely unhappy with the player’s performance in the recent 1-1 draw against Maribor.
Chelsea could have sealed qualification to the last 16 stages of the Champions League with a victory against the Slovenian outfit. However, they only managed a point and will have to wait until the next match in order to confirm their progress. Even though Chelsea are undefeated in the season so far, Mourinho was unhappy with the slow start made by his players in this match. Ivanovic, who has been a regular for Chelsea since the return of Mourinho, says that Mourinho wanted Chelsea to be more offensive in the second half.