Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has said his side’s extra work on the training ground has warranted their recent good results.
The Blues beat second-placed Arsenal on Sunday, meaning they are still unbetean since the arrival of Guus Hiddink as interim manager.
Speaking to the Chelsea website, Ivanovic, who has recently signed a one-year contract extension, said that the performance deserved three points:
“It was a very important win and as a team we deserved it,” the Serbian said.
“The key point was our team spirit and after the game we can be happy with the three points. We started really well and controlled the game until the red card. We wanted to score another goal and, honestly, I think we deserved the win.
“We played a hard game against an opponent who always ask questions of you if you want to take something from their stadium. It could be a real turning point for us but we need to be focused on the next game.”
Between the home match against West Brom on 13th January and the trip to Watford next Wednesday, Guus Hiddink’s side have been playing one match per week, and Ivanovic has said that this extra training time is proving extremely beneficial:
“The first thing we have to say is that we’ve had more time to work, we’ve had a week between games and we’ve worked very hard,” Ivanovic explained.
“Our physical condition is better and the result is that we are showing it on the pitch.
“We are really working hard because when the games start coming every three days we won’t have time for that.
“The cups are always a chance to win trophies and make the season positive, but we still have to think about the Premier League.
“We are starting to play as a team which is very important. During a year it can be good or bad and you have ups and downs. This season a lot of times we have been down so we are trying to make half the season positive, that’s what we’re looking for.”