Chelsea vice-captain Branislav Ivanovic speaks to Chelsea website at the end of the pre-season training camp and tour:
“I am really so happy: I am very proud of that, to be the vice-captain of this team. This is something extra for me, more responsibility, and I will try to do it well for the team.
“I am doing what I was doing before, trying to do my best. I will try to do that in the future as well but basically not a lot of things change. John Terry is the real captain and leader.’
“The first week of this pre-season was very physically hard and very important for all of us.
“We have done a great job in training. Maybe the first game we didn’t play well because we were a little bit tired, but with the freshness will come more. The pre-season is very good for us.
“The first couple of games physically are very difficult but it has to be hard to get you back to normal.
“For our position, it is important to play 90 minutes to have hard games. This makes you fit for the season and for us of course there will be a lot of running in the season, but this is our part in the team.’
Ivanovic also spoke about his new team-mates, the first one is Asmir Begovic :
“I wish him good career in Chelsea and during all the years he was in Stoke he was one of the best in the league, and I hope he can help our team.
Then Radamel Falcao:
“Especially when we remember how he good he was when he played against us. He is scoring goals in training and is working hard to be at that level.
“The new guys are always happy when they arrive at Chelsea. They adapt very quickly and all of the guys help the new ones with this. It shows how good the atmosphere is inside our team.’
The Serbian seems quite optimistic for the upcoming season:
“I like it when I am the one behind those guys in the list, and I hope this year will be the same mentally and physically so I am ready to do more.
“Last year was a great year for me, maybe one of the best, and when you do this, you always have to set new targets to break, and go one step better than last year”.