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Chelsea vice-captain Gary Cahill assures his team are still aiming for the double.

The Blues are leaders in the Premier League with a four points gap on Tottenham ( 75-71) and will face the same Spurs in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley this Saturday:

“That’s our aim [to win the double],” Cahill said.

 

“It is going to be a great tie,” he added, speaking of the game.

“I think for the neutral, it is a terrific semi-final of teams left in the competition. One to look forward to, one that will add importance.

“It adds importance, as games against Tottenham always are. We will be ready for it and we will look forward to it. It adds a little bit but no matter who you come up against, it is a semi-final at Wembley to get to the final.

 

“We should be preparing in the same way, doing the same things. It is great to be back at Wembley. It is a great stadium to play at.” 

Speaking about the other semifinalists – Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City– Cahill said:

“Listen, it is four top teams in there.They are four massive clubs, massive teams.

“I don’t think it was the hardest [draw] or easiest. Any draw would have been tough. We would be speaking about any of them in the same way.

“We have got Tottenham. There’s going to be a little added with the London rivalry but it is a route to the final. Whoever wins it will deserve to win it, with the strength of the teams in the semi.”

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Chelsea vice-captain Branislav Ivanovic claimed that he will be “happy” to sit on the bench, as it happened in the last Premier League clash against Hull City, if the manager’s decision will help the team:

“I was maximum ready and healthy for the match with Hull, but I never got the chance,” the Serbian defender said.

“I’ll always put myself below the interests of the team, be that the national side or club.

“It’s been a while since I was a back-up, but I do not mind. I’ll sit on the bench whenever the coach decides, and not for the first time in these eight years at Chelsea.

“It is normal to be on the bench, especially in clubs that over and over again are going a step further.”

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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.”

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Chelsea and football fans will be able to meet Blues vice-captain Branislav Ivanovic in the London area tomorrow during a sponsor event.

All the info in this press release:

CHELSEA star Branislav Ivanovic will be in Leatherhead tomorrow.

Ivanović, who will be at Tesco in Oxshott Road, is teaming up with Topps as brand ambassador for the company’s first-ever UEFA Champions League edition of Match Attax – the football trading card game.

The tough-tackling defender will be arriving at the Tesco store at 1.30pm where he be taking part in a special Q&A and 5-aside game of Match Attax Champions League with two fans, before doing a product signing from 1.45pm – 2.30pm in the main foyer.

Available now the Match Attax UEFA Champions League edition cards contain a range of statistics so collectors can compare the Champions League stars according to power, skill, passing and shooting.

Rod Pearson, marketing director for Topps, comments: “We’re incredibly excited to have Branislav on-board as an ambassador for the UEFA Champions League collection. Clearly, his popularity amongst fans and his commitment to the game, as well as his footballing ability as one of Chelsea’s top players, really resonates with our young collectors. Topps Match Attax is already the best ever selling trading card game in the world, and is enjoyed by an incredible 1.2 million collectors in the UK.

“We would encourage football fans of all ages to join us at the Tesco Extra Store in Leatherhead this Thursday for their chance to meet the footballing legend, and bring their best Match Attax collections to get them signed on the day! Match Attax UEFA Champions League will also be available to buy on the day should anyone be lucky enough to complete theirs with an Ivanović card!”

 

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Chelsea just announced that vice-captain Branislav Ivanovic extended his contract until summer 2017.

The club policy is to renew the over 30 contracts year-by-year, Ivanovic is almost 32 and in the last months many rumours were linking him to Italian clubs like Inter or Ac Milan, after the end of Chelsea’s adventure next summer.

But the Blues and the defender reached an agreement recently, and Ivanovic claims to be really satisfied about it:

“I am very happy to stay with Chelsea for another season. After eight years here this is my home and there is no other place I would rather play football.

“I have enjoyed so much success since moving to the club and I am determined to help the team achieve more in the last months of this season and next year as well.”

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Chelsea vice-captain Branislav Ivanovic spoke after the Sunderland win, analysing the game but, above all, the moment:

“It was a difficult game and it was very important to score early goals,’ he said. ‘It hasn’t happened for us a lot of times this season and when we scored these early goals it took the pressure away from us. The second goal was massive and hugely important for us. After that we felt confident and we controlled the game. We are still a little bit shaky when we conceded a goal, which is psychologically difficult in this moment and something we need to improve in the future, but in the end I think we deserved the three points.

“Before the game there was pressure on us because of the situation and we knew that. We wanted to win this game, we wanted to change our situation, because this club doesn’t deserve to be in the position we are now and the only way to change this is to win the games, and the only people who can do that is us players on the pitch. We had to play from the first minute to the last minute as a team to show our character.”

Ivanovic already worked under new interim boss Hiddink in his first spell at Chelsea:

“I worked with him here before, he was the one who gave me a proper chance in this club. I know how good his work was the first time he was here and I am grateful to him for that moment, but it was a long time ago,’ explained the 31-year-old.

“Now is a new challenge, a completely different situation. I know he’s one of the most experienced managers in the world, he has worked and been successful in a lot of countries. I think his first aim is to stabilise us, to give everything to the team so we can play like we did against Sunderland. We have to get back into the habit of winning as quickly as possible.”

Ivanovic also claimed that if Chelsea is a difficult situation at the moment the responsibility has to be shared among everyone, not just the former manager, who paid for everyone losing his job:

All of us has a responsibility for what has happened and all of us are responsible for where we are in this moment. The manager is not on the pitch, it is the players, so we lose the games and the thing we can change in the future is ourselves. We have to be honest with each other and honest with ourselves, then win a couple of games in a row and stick with that for a long time to get back to winning regularly, because it is important for the club.”

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Chelsea vice captain Branislav Ivanovic

Speaking to Chelsea website Blues vice-captain Branislav Ivanovic assured that the team will do their best tomorrow at Wembley to bring the first trophy of the season home.

Chelsea have got a very good score against Arsenal since the last defeat against Wenger’s side date back to four years ago:

“Statistics can change and you have to approach every game against an opponent where you have a record like this as you did the first and the last one.

“That is why we have this success against Arsenal over all the years. But this is a different match.  Every time we play it is a different story, with different players and a different approach. This is the Community Shield, a game for a trophy, it’s a one-off match and I hope we will continue that record.

The game won’t decide anything in terms of the season itself but it is important to win because it’s at the start of the season and can provide a psychological moment for the rest of the year. It is good to start with a trophy. Of course we are not in our top form, they won’t be either. This is normal.

“But it will be an interesting game for sure because both teams want to win. We will give more than the maximum in this match.

Ivanovic also praised his team-mate, the star Eden Hazard:

I’m not an expert in the market, but for me he is priceless. I hope he will play for Chelsea for a long, long time and give this club a lot because he can do that.

It’s so difficult to stop him because he is so in the moment, he is dominating the opposition. He has improved a lot in every facet of the game. I know my tactic if I play against him one day, but I’m not going to share it with anyone because I don’t want to help them!’

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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”.

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