Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Man City

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 1 - 0 Liverpool

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 19:45

Capital One Cup Semi-Final

Ivanovic: Massive game for us

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic admits Monday's Premier League match against Manchester City is "massive" and crucial for the club if they want to win the Premier League title.

Last Updated: 03/02/14 at 09:06 Post Comment

Branislav Ivanovic: Chelsea defender ready for 'massive' game

Branislav Ivanovic: Chelsea defender ready for 'massive' game

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Ivanovic believes a Chelsea victory would be psychologically important, although City have yet to drop a point at home this season.

Jose Mourinho's side will draw level with City on 53 points - two behind leaders Arsenal - if they win at the Etihad.

Ivanovic told Sky Sports News: "When you want to win the title you never win it in the one game, so you have to play hard all season long. But for us it's a massive game and the crucial game for us this season is this one against Man City."

Chelsea beat City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge back in October when Fernando Torres, who is currently out injured, took advantage of a late mix-up between Joe Hart and Matija Nastasic to score the winner and Ivanovic reckons Chelsea are now a better side.

The Serb added: "We have improved massively as a team. We are staying together, we are fighting together, we control the ball well and we know the performances of team-mates better - a lot of small details that we have improved.

"This is the biggest challenge for us this season but I think we are ready for it.

"We have to be focused. It can be psychologically very important and very good for us but we know the way and we will try to do everything to stay fighting for the title until the end of the season."

Meanwhile, Mourinho has conceded he did not expect Chelsea captain John Terry to be performing at such a high standard this season.

Terry had spells out of the team under Rafa Benitez last term, but has regained his position as a mainstay of the side since Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho said: "I was not expecting him to be the best centre-half in England. Not after the season he had last year. I was not expecting it.

"I would like to see him playing this way until the end of the season.

"People talk about England and the World Cup is between him and Roy [Hodgson], not with me."

Watch Man City v Chelsea on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports 1HD, kicking off at 8pm

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea maintain five-point lead after 1-1 draw with Manchester City

Chelsea remain five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 1-1 draw with second-placed Manchester City.

Premier League: Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew disappointed with slow start in 1-0 loss to Everton

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has admitted his side were nowhere near their best in their 1-0 loss at home to Everton.

Sky Bet Championship: Derby and Middlesbrough keep up pressure with wins

Grant Leadbitter kept up his perfect penalty record this season as Middlesbrough won 1-0 win at Brentford, while Derby beat Cardiff 2-0.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company