Ivanovic insists team effort was key to Chelsea victory

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic believes that last night’s 4-1 victory over Napoli to put the Blues through to the quarter-finals was a huge team effort, chelseafc.com reports.

The Serbian international scored the winner in extra-time to put Chelsea through in a magnificent game at Stamford Bridge. Goals also came from Didier Drogba, captain John Terry and Frank Lampard to put the Blues into the quarter-finals and leave them as the last English club standing in the Champions League. Praise was heaped on Ivanovic, but the 28 year old believes that it was a great team effort that got them through against the Italians.

Ivanovic said: “It doesn’t matter who scored and how isn’t important, but it can change a lot of things for the team and give us extra confidence. The big guys know how to play these games and we are strong on these days. We played like a team and gave everything to qualify for the next round. It was very difficult, but everybody is happy because we did it.”

With three wins out of three, interim manager Roberto di Matteo is making a strong case for being appointed permanently with Chelsea. The Italian praised the work of his players and the ‘incredible’ performance from every single player. Di Matteo will be awaiting Friday’s draw to see whether the Blues can avoid big-name teams such as Real Madrid and Barcelona to ensure an easier chance of reaching the semi-finals.

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