Chelsea felt the effects of Liverpool tie, admits Branislav Ivanovic
Branislav Ivanovic warns Chelsea that there is a long way to go in title race
Branislav Ivanovic insists Chelsea were satisfied with a point against Manchester City on Saturday after the Blues struggled following their demanding Liverpool tie.
Jose Mourinho’s side booked their place in the Capital One Cup after a 1-0 extra-time victory over the Reds at Stamford Bridge last Tuesday.
The result doesn’t change anything in the future for us
And the Premier League leaders were sluggish against the defending champions after Citizens star David Silva cancelled out Loic Remy’s first-half strike.
Ivanovic, who made his 300th appearance for the west London side at the weekend, felt Mourinho’s men could be happier with the draw than City.
“It was a really tough game,” Ivanovic told Chelsea’s website.
“We felt it a little bit from the Liverpool game, playing two hours in a semi-final. Man City are a top side with top players and maybe at the moment with our squad and with our game in midweek we can be more happy than City with the draw.
“We deserved it. We had a lot of things to do, we deserved to score in the first half and in the second half we showed real discipline. The result doesn’t change anything in the future for us if we want to achieve our aim of winning the league.”
Ivanovic was heralded as Chelsea’s hero after the Serbia international scored the winner against Liverpool despite contending with a foot injury for most of the semi-final tie.
And the 30-year-old warned Chelsea that there is still a long way to go in the Premier League title race despite their five-point lead at the top of the table.
“You need to go over the limit and to find motivation inside you,” Ivanovic added.
“Sometimes the extra pressure is what we need to feel. We still have a long way to go – 15 games is a long way – and we have to stay focused.
“It’s very difficult to judge at the moment but we are the leaders and we know our way and how we play. Our style is to fight and to give everything every game.”