Ivanovic welcomes return of ugly Chelsea under Benitez
Branislav Ivanovic has admitted that Chelsea are learning to “win ugly” again under interim manager Rafael Benitez, claiming that grinding out positive results is vital to rebuild the confidence of the side, the Daily Mirror has reported.
Chelsea endured a mixed week, losing the Club World Cup final to Corinthians and then returning from Japan barely 24 hours before playing Leeds United at Elland Road in the Capital One Cup. The home side took a half-time lead before Chelsea roared back after the break, hitting five unanswered goals to book a place in the League Cup semi-finals, where they will play fellow Premier League side Swansea City.
Ivanovic added he felt it was important Chelsea reacted to the defeat in Japan in the right way against their Championship opponents, and that Benitez was not angry when they went in a half-time trailing to Luciano Becchio’s goal, but rather the Spaniard remained calm.
“He wasn’t annoyed, Ivanovic said. “It was a good atmosphere in the dressing room. He said we have to keep building on the positive things in the first half. The manager said we had to stick together, but we knew, if we played with the same intensity, we would get the chance to score and win the game.”
The Serbia international however insisted that Chelsea cannot always expect to score five goals to win a match. Ivanovic continued: “It is important for us to sometimes win ugly, as that develops belief and confidence in the players. I think that is what we have to do.”
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