Ivanovic demands improvement

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic admits he and his team-mates need to take a 'look in the mirror' and realise they are not doing their jobs.

Last Updated: 10/03/13 at 15:41 Post Comment

Branislav Ivanovic: Looking for improvement

Branislav Ivanovic: Looking for improvement

The Serb has pulled no punches in his analysis of Chelsea's season so far, which is in danger of floundering.

The Blues, who have dropped to fourth in the Premier League, were the first holders ever to go out in the group stages of the Champions League and their campaign is showing few signs of improvement.

They lost at Steaua Bucharest in the opening leg of their Europa League clash on Thursday, and as they travel to Manchester United in the last eight of the FA Cup this weekend - Ivanovic says a big improvement is needed.

Ivanovic said: "We have to be honest with each other. We have to look in the mirror. A lot of things are not going how we would like.

"We are not playing at the level we know we can. If we are realistic this has become normal. We have to change it quickly, because games are passing us by.

"Time is running out. And if we want to change things we have to show more character and fighting spirit .

"This team was in the same situation last year and we finished well. We have to be strong, stay together and try to finish the season at the highest level because from now on every game is going to be harder and harder.

"There are a lot of reasons why things have gone wrong but now is not the time to work out why, not the time to look behind us. We have to look forward."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

Transfer news: Van Gaal hints former Barcelona keeper Valdes could stay at Manchester United

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out the possibility of signing goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman looking at European challenge sparked by Dusan Tadic

Ronald Koeman believes Dusan Tadic can spark Southampton into a challenge for Champions League football next season.

Premier League: Manuel Pellegrini confident Joe Hart will sign new Manchester City deal

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he is confident that England goalkeeper Joe Hart will sign a new contract.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property