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.
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.
Chelsea may have found the perfect replacement for Branislav Ivanovic in Victor Lindelof. Antonio Conte is not only building a team for the short team, but he is also thinking about the long term.
There is no doubt that Branislav Ivanovic has been a faithful player for Chelsea, but we must admit that he is not going to get any younger. As a manager, it is important that you keep planning about the future if you want to ensure that your team is successful in the long-run.
There are certain players whose future remains uncertain. For instance, Branislav is being debated over for the forthcoming season.
This Chelsea player’s future for the upcoming season is yet to be decided. Even though he is vice captain of the team and has an impressive lineup of achievements under his belt, it is still too early to decide his forthcoming role in the team or so it looks like.
For instance, he has had 43 starts and appearances that run into hundreds in domestic cups as well as in the Champions league. Chelsea will be seeing players like Petr Cech and Didier Drogba leaves the club as the season ends. Ivanovic as a result might land up to be one of the players who have served the team for the longest time. The list of all time appearances has his name on it.
Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink says that he is not sure what the future holds for after leaving the club for a second spell.
The Dutchman has been at Chelsea twice in his career but both were as the interim manager. In the first instance, he was reluctant to give up his role as the Russian national team boss in favour of a permanent move to Chelsea. Now, his age appears to prevent him from taking over at the club on a permanent basis. A much younger Antonio Conte has been announced as the permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho starting from July.
Guus Hiddink has revealed that Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri thanked him for helping the club in the Premier League title for the first time in a remarkable achievement.
Leicester City were looking to win the title if Tottenham dropped points against Chelsea on Monday night. Leicester could only manage a draw with Manchester United on Sunday, but they still recovered just two points in order to seal the title with two games left. Even then, there was some nervousness surrounding Claudio Ranieri in recent days. The Italian revealed that he will not be watching the game between Chelsea and Spurs since he would be on the plane to Italy.
Chelsea youngster Jeremie Boga has dismissed claims that he moved to the English club too soon.
Since joining the West London outfit from Marseille as a 12-year-old, Boga has been unable to make the consistent jump to the first-team. He has been out on loan at various clubs since signing a professional contract with the blues. However, the 19-year-old believes that he and his family do not regret making the move to West London. He is currently back in France withRennes – on loan until the end of the campaign. He is one of the several players playing for other clubs from Chelsea’s books.
Branislav Ivanovic claims that Chelsea players are extremely lucky that owner Roman Abramovich only sacked manager José Mourinho.
The Portuguese was relieved from his duties after less than three years in charge of the club. Unlike in the last few campaigns, the club tried to resist making a change in the middle of the campaign. After witnessing Chelsea slip into a relegation fight towards the end of 2015, Abramovich had no other option but to change the management. After the arrival of Guus Hiddink, things have been much better at the club.
Chelsea and AS Roma are rumored to be having discussions with the possibility of having a swap deal where Branislav Ivanovic makes a move to the Italian club while Radja Nainggolan is believed to be making his way to the Premier League side Chelsea when the summer transfer window re-opens in a few months’ time.
Branislav Ivanovic’s future at Chelsea looked increasingly suspicious since the defender had only a few months left on his contract.
However, he has now signed a 12 month extension with the London outfit meaning that he will be at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2016-17 season. Ivanovic has been a permanent fixture in Chelsea’s first team over the last few years. Few would have imagined his astronomical rise since joining the club in a £ 9 million deal from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008. Ivanovic has already won every major title with the West London outfit and is now looking forward to another period of glory.