Ivanovic joins other players that are not in full fitness as they take on the newly crowned English Premier League champions, Leicester City.
Ivanovic along with goal keeper Thibaut Courtois, Striker Diego Costa and Chelsea player of the season, Willian are most unlikely to feature in the last round of games as the season ends. Captain John Terry would also miss out due to suspension and could have played his last game for Chelsea, though the player is reported to have been offered a one year deal.
Chelsea in 9th position would host Leicester City as Leicester complete their fairy tale season but the host needs to win to avoid recording the lowest points total by a defending champion which is currently held by Leeds United. Leeds United earned only 51 points in the 1992/93 season just a year after winning the old first division.
Stamford Bridge has not carried the fear factor this season that it had in the past as only Aston Villa have won fewer games than The Blues this season. Leicester City will receive a thoroughly deserved guard of honour from their hosts to mark the hugely stunning season for a club who were also relegated last season from top flight football. It would be particularly sweet for Claudio Ranieri, Leicester’s tactician, as he returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since being sacked by Roman Abramovich at the end of the 2003/2004 season. Continue reading
Top English Premier League outfit, Chelsea lost in an away match to Swansea on Saturday.
The loss which many soccer betting fans would not have preempted was a big setback to their campaign. With few games to go and Chelsea in 10th place, many soccer betting fans would have thought The Blues would have done anything to get European action next season.
Chelsea defeated Aston Villa by four goals to nothing in the last game in an away match and had played a 2-2 draw with sixth-placed West Ham United. After West Ham played a draw with Arsenal, dropping points each, many would have thought The Blues would have defeated Swansea to get closer to the European opportunity, even if it was the Europa League. Chelsea have had a disappointing season but with interim manager, Guus Hiddink, soccer betting fans would have thought the team would have tried to salvage some pride, as the season gradually ends.
The defeat which was the first under the current interim Coach saw an early goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson give Swansea victory. It was a disappointing end to the week after Italian coach Anthonio Conte was announced as new Manager at the Stamford Bridge. Continue reading
Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins claims that the arrival of Guus Hiddink has once again made Chelsea a calm place for the players. The club has been going through a turbulent season, which resulted in the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho after just a few months of winning the league title. The club have constantly been in the headlines since the start of the campaign when Mourinho launched a verbal attack on club doctor Eva Carneiro. Since then, they have been in the headlines for one reason or the other. Players have been dropped for several matches altogether.
Since the departure of Mourinho, though, performances have improved tremendously and the club marked with his improvement with a 3-0 win over arch rivals Crystal Palace a few days ago. A major reason for this sudden improvement is the improved atmosphere in the dressing room according to Wilkins, who has been in the dressing room during troubled times and during the good times as well. Hiddink may have not enjoyed much success in his recent roles as the Dutch national team boss, but he is someone who knows Chelsea very well after having been in this position back in 2009. The club will now look towards climbing up the league table after flirting with relegation so far.
“I never worked with Jose Mourinho, but having had the pleasure of working with Guus, if the atmosphere was intense under Jose it will be completely the opposite with Guus. He will demand they train well and demand they play to a very high standard but the training will be of a very jovial fashion. Straight away, he wants them to work hard but it will be fun all the way with Guus. Last time he was here he was adamant it was from the February through to the end of the season,” said Wilkins.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has termed Chelsea right back Branislav Ivanovic as the toughest of that he has come up against.
Arsenal have struggled to get results against the blues in the last decade. This is exactly the opposite of what history used to say about these two teams coming up against each other. Much of the turnaround in history has been facilitated by the presence of top quality defenders like John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, and Branislav Ivanovic in the Chelsea team. While Cazorla has branded Ivanovic as the toughest defender, he also terms Chelsea as a very difficult unit to score against.
Jose Mourinho has built a Chelsea team to be extremely difficult to beat and this has been the hallmark of the club over the last decade. Even though Arsenal supporters have criticised the blues has been boring, Mourinho can point out to the Premier League and League Cup medals that his team lifted last season. Arsenal played beautiful football and ended up with yet another FA Cup title to their name. They have become the record holders of the FA Cup. Cazorla is now hoping to go one step forward and lift the league title with the gunners. Continue reading
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Branislav Ivanovic reckons his team Chelsea should continue playing with the mentality that they have been playing with all through this 2014-15 Season.
The Chelsea players have been criticized for being over aggressive at times and a couple of them have even been banned.
The latest ban has been suffered by Chelsea’s spearhead striker Diego Costa. He will have to remain out of 3 of the games to be played by the Blues.
The Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho did not take that Costa ban well at all. Continue reading