Chelsea vice-captain Branislav Ivanovic is sure this Premier League will be really exciting, with many teams challenging for the title:
“Definitely, definitely,” he replied when asked whether it would be the most difficult season ever.
“Every team after last season will need to struggle. After Leicester won, they then want to be better, to be a new surprise [but] the big teams are still good so it is going to be very exciting.
“Exactly [you can play well and come fifth] but you can also win it. I think, with the new shape, we can improve a lot and we will make our players much better and, if our players are much better and if our players are on top of their game, then we can go very high.”
The Serbian defender also spoke about the job done by Chelsea until now, revealing Antonio Conte gave him a really good impression in these first weeks:
“The harder it is in pre-season, the better it is for you in the season.
“He has a passion during the games you can see during the sessions as well so he wants to put us together as a team, to be strong, to be motivated, and to be hungry for every second during the game which is positive and good. I think we are still adapting and can improve as a team a lot. I think we are going to play in a different shape and it is going to be different for us, for the opponents and I think we are on a good road.
“I think it is true [that we will be more attacking] but, for me, I feel like we will be more defensively strong. I feel like that.”