Branislav Ivanovic admits the extra pressure Chelsea’s poor season has brought is affecting the players, but that they try to beat it by approaching match days completely differently to normal ones.
Ivanovic had an improved performance against Spurs on Sunday but has generally suffered as bad a campaign as any of his teammates.
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Ivanovic tries to explain how the players behave before a game as they seek to turn their fortunes around and begin what will now be a desperate fight to qualify for the Champions League.
The 31-year-old said this:
“The period before and after a match is completely different to any other time because we are under pressure from the game and we feel things changing inside ourselves – we are completely different people.
“Inside the dressing room, we motivate each other and are really different than we are on normal days.
“That atmosphere we create before the game is a big influence on every big result we get.
“We all celebrate differently when we win, but in that period immediately after the game you can see how important a win is to us and how much it means to the team.
“This is an expression of how we are all feeling and it’s important to have this passion within the team.
“All of us have different routines but in the end, when you look at it, the motivation is very similar in all of us.”
ChelseaNews24 reported yesterday how the Serbian international may leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this campaign, with a free move to Inter Milan the most likely outcome.