BranislavIvanovic Could Be Diego Costa’s Replacement, Says Pat Nevin

Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin believes that Antonio Conte could improvise in order to find a replacement for striker Diego Costa when his team take on Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

Costa is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the game against Crystal Palace last weekend. The Spanish international has been a major factor behind the club’s 11 match winning run in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew Confirms Crystal Palace Not Interested in Branislav Ivanovic

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has dismissed suggestions that the club are looking to sign Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the January transfer window.

Ivanovic has been unable to get into the Chelsea team under Antonio Conte. He has gone from being one of the important players into a marginal squad player in the last couple of weeks. Ivanovic was a regular during the days of Jose Mourinho, but he was highly criticised for his poor performances last season. He has played only three minutes of football since Antonio Conte switched to the 3-4-3 formation.


Branislav Ivanovic feels Chelsea let their manager, Antonio Conte down with their first-half performance in the huge 3-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Arsenal which happens to be Chelsea's last defeat in England Premier League since then.

The Blues were two goals down in the count of 14 minutes following strikes from Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, while Mesut Ozil crowned it with the third goal shortly before the half-time break to put the match to convenience, and Ivanovic has acknowledged that they did not stick to Conte's game plan.

Branislav Ivanovic is expecting one of the toughest seasons

Branislav Ivanovic is expecting one of the toughest seasons in the Premier League history ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.

Raft of new signings at almost every top club coupled with top managers like Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp, and José Mourinho starting their new campaigns with their new clubs is expected to make competition intense. Ivanovic had a very poor 2015-16 campaign, but he seemed to recover from the problems towards the end of the campaign. His positivity was displayed during pre-season and he is expected to be amongst the first team regulars chosen by Conte.

Ivanovic excited about new season

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic said that he is excited about the new season and believes that this will be one of the toughest ever. He said that many teams can challenge for the title and this will make it difficult for them. The best thing to do is to take each game as it comes and make sure that they get maximum points from them.

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Ivanovic is certain the next season will be the toughest one yet

Branislav Ivanovic has helped Chelsea on winning 2 Premier League titles, back during the 2009-10 and the 2014-15 season.

The Serbian defender knows a thing or two about lifting the English piece of silverware and the experienced player has recently stated that the upcoming 2016-17 season of the Premier League will be the toughest one that he will ever play with Chelsea and he has warned the rest of his teammates about what lies ahead.

‘’This could definitely be the toughest Premier League ever. Every team is strengthening and every team, after last season when Leicester won, want to be better and be the new surprise.