Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has moved to calm any fears regarding the team’s start to the season, by saying he is confident the side will improve the
The Blues have made an inconsistent start to the Premier League campaign under returning boss Jose Mourinho and have already been beaten by Everton and Basle. The Serbian has started all seven league games under Mourinho, and admitted to the club’s official website that there is room for improvement.
“There’s still a lot of hard work to do,” Ivanovic said. “We’ve played some good games; we’ve had some defeats, too. The team and our performances can improve, we can do better and I think we’ll do it after this international break.”
The Stamford Bridge outfit, who currently lie third in the table following their first away win of the season at Norwich last weekend, face a hectic schedule when the domestic programme resumes after from international duty.
Ivanovic can operate as a centre-back and right-back, but having played most of last season centrally under interim boss Rafael Benitez, seems to be preferred at right-back in place of Spanish international Cesar Azpilicueta under the Portuguese boss.
The former Lokomotiv Moscow man has no preference to his position: “All my career I’ve moved inside and outside,” he said. “I’m really happy because it’s good for me that I can play both positions. I always try to do my best wherever I play. In the end I’m happy because I like to defend, and I’m really enjoying defending in this team.”
The 29-year-old is part of the Serbia squad that face an international friendly with Japan on Friday, before taking on Macedonia in their final World Cup qualifying game.
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