Champions League & Branislav Ivanovic

The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations. Branislav Ivanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранислав Ивановић, born 22 February 1984) is a Serbian footballer who plays as a defender for Chelsea in the Premier League and the Serbia national team. 5.0/5

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Chelsea have little time to recover from their excursions in the Champions League last night as they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime. Here is the line-up we think Jose Mourinho will go with: Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois should come straight back in after Petr Cech was given a rare run-out against Maribor last night. Defence: Cesar Azpilicueta is likely to replace Filipe Luis at left-back after serving his three-match domestic ban. Gary Cahill will also be recalled in place of Kurt Zouma after being given a breather on Wednesday night. John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic will retain their places at the back. Midfield: Mourinho is unlikely to make any changes in midfield as Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic are excelling in the middle of the park. John Obi Mikel is struggling with a knee injury which limits his options for rotation in any case. Attack: Diego Costa came on at half- time last night but he’s expected to be restored to the starting eleven on Saturday with Didier Drogb ...
Chelsea player ratings against sporting Lisbon in Champions Leage:The Blues were given a tough nights work by their Portuguese hosts, and will regret not making things easier for themselves - with Andre Schurrle missing a golden chance to double his sides advantage.Ratiing was done out of 10 with Nemanja Matic emerging our Man of the Match with a 9 out 10 GK) Thibaut Courtois - 7 Several decent saves from the Belgian made sure of Chelsea's victory - solid. RB) Branislav Ivanovic - 6 After an early injury scare, returned to be his usual solid presence in the Chelsea defence - booked for a clear body-check. LB) Filipe Luis - 6 Given the start ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta, and looked good, especially going forward, but did pick up a yellow card. CB) Gary Cahill - 8 A rock at the heart of Chelsea's defence tonight - winning everything in the air - a strong contender to be Terry's successor as Blues captain. CB) John Terry - 6 Worked as hard as ever on his 100th Champions League appearance - making him the sixth ...
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Burnley 1-3 Chelsea: Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic goals give Jose Mourinho's side victory at Turf Moor Some will cite the financial gulf between the teams, others the technical divide, but the bottom line problem for Burnley on Monday night was that they had not seen anything like this. There were moments, the second goal in particular, when Chelsea took their football to a new level of excellence under Jose Mourinho, second time around. And dealing with that must be very unnerving for a group of players fresh to the Premier League. Only Michael Duff has survived at Turf Moor from the last time Burnley were part of the elite. He is 36. Of course, the increased challenge of the Premier League is only to be expected. But nothing could prepare Sean Dyche’s team for the moment when the full potential of players like Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle and Cesc Fabregas was unleashed. They won’t have been confronted by the terrifying reality of a Champions League elite team before. They won ...
Chelsea Football Club and FC Cologne have agreed a season-long loan for Tomas Kalas which will begin on 1 July. The Czech defender, 21, will embark upon his second loan spell away from Stamford Bridge having previously spent two seasons - 2011/12 and 2012/13 - at Vitesse Arnhem. He returned to Chelsea ahead of the 2013/14 campaign and was handed his debut by Jose Mourinho as a late substitute in a 2-0 Capital Cup win at Arsenal. He then made his European bow for the club, again as a late sub, in our 2-0 Champions League Round of 16 win over Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge. The youngster was handed his first start in our 2-0 Premier League win at Liverpool in April, playing alongside Branislav Ivanovic at the heart of the defence and impressing with a composed, mature display. On the final day of the season he made his second start in our 2-1 win at Cardiff City. Though generally considered a central defender, Kalas, who has one senior international cap, also played at right-back while with Vitesse. Cologne ...
Chelsea skipper Terry struggling to make Atletico Madrid clash Chelsea captain John Terry is struggling to make their Champions League semifinal second-leg against Atletico Madrid. The Daily Star says he is rated 50-50 to make a shock return from an ankle injury and face Atletico tomorrow. It is understood Mourinho is planning to play Branislav Ivanovic at centre back alongside Gary Cahill - with Cesar Azpilicueta and Ashley Cole the full backs - if Terry cannot make it.
Chelsea played a weakened team at Liverpool in 2012 with Champions League final on the horizon Jose Mourinho may get his wish to play a weakened team against Liverpool this Sunday, but it's not the first time Chelsea have rung the changes at Anfield. The Blues boss wants to rest players ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday with the Premier League title almost out of reach. But, two years ago, Chelsea went to Anfield and fielded a below-par side, just as the Portuguese manager wants to do this weekend. Having beaten Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday May 5, 2012, Chelsea had little to play for in the league and had a Champions League final looming against Bayern Munich a fortnight later. Roberto Di Matteo's side visited Anfield three days after beating Liverpool at Wembley and made eight changes to their starting line-up. Only John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires survived from the cup-winning side, and Liverpool took advantage ...
Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea Preview , kick off time 9.45pm Samuel Eto'o will miss Chelsea's Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid with a knee injury. The striker did not travel to Spain with the Blues ahead of Tuesday's meeting with the La Liga leaders. Eto'o scored Chelsea's goal in their 2-1 defeat by Sunderland on Saturday, but was substituted after 74 minutes. However, Eden Hazard has trained following a calf problem that has kept him out of action for nearly two weeks. The Belgium winger suffered the injury during the early stages of Chelsea's quarter-final victory over Paris St-Germain on 8 April and has not played since. Goalkeeper Petr Cech missed the Sunderland game - Jose Mourinho's first home defeat in 78 Premier League games as Chelsea manager - through illness but is expected to be well enough for the match in the Vicente Calderon Stadium after training as normal. Right-back Branislav Ivanovic is suspended, while midfielders Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are cup-tie ...
Eden Hazard and Petr Cech both return to the Chelsea squad for today's trip to Madrid ahead of our Champions League semi final first leg but Samuel Eto'o is out with a knee problem.Eto'o joins Branislav Ivanovic (suspended), Mohamed Salah (cup tied) and Nemanja Matic (cup tied) on the sidelines as we nervously await kick off tomorrow night. Chelsea need to lift themselves after a disappointing performance and result last time out against Sunderland.As we know, Champions League football is different and some have argued that Chelsea as a team this season are set up perfectly for the competition. One thing is for sure, we need to remain tight
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TEAM NEWS: CHELSEA V STOKE CITY Jose Mourinho gives a rest to Eden Hazard and with Oscar also on the bench, there is a full debut for Mohamed Salah. Fernando Torresis centre-forward and with Ramires unavailable as he completes a three-match suspension, Nemanja Matic returns to the midfield having been ineligible for the Champions League. Frank Lampard also starts with David Luiz making way. The defence is unchanged for the 10thgame. Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation: 1 Petr Cech; 2 Branislav Ivanovic, 24 Gary Cahill, 26 John Terry(c), 28 Cesar Azpilicueta; 8 Frank Lampard, 21 Nemanja Matic; 14 Andre Schurrle, 22 Willian, 15 Mohamed Salah; 9 Fernando Torres. Substitutes: 23 Mark Schwarzer, 33 Tomas Kalas, 3 Ashley Cole, 4 David Luiz, 11 Oscar, 17 Eden Hazard, 19 Demba Ba. Your prediction. # Emperor
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Galatasaray v Chelsea: five Champions League talking points | Marcus Christenson Fernando Torres strikes first blow for England after three blanks but Chelsea show they do not have the firepower to win the competition this season 1 Chelsea show early on that they are a team with a striker Much of the build-up was dominated by José Mourinho's comments that he "does not have a striker" but it took Fernando Torres only nine minutes to score. There is no denying that the Spaniard has been a huge disappointment since his £50m move from Liverpool but he did at least look fired up and did not hesitate when César Azpilicueta presented him with a chance that was more difficult than it looked. In fact, the strange goal celebration, when he and Branislav Ivanovic pressed their foreheads against each other for about 10 seconds with mad, staring eyes, almost seemed to say: "In your face José, you do have a striker." 2 José Mourinho on hand to save the Premier League Perhaps it should come as no surprise that it w ...
A squad of 21 players is travelling from London to Istanbul today (Monday) ahead of Wednesday's Champions League Round of 16 first- leg match. David Luiz and John Mikel Obi are both included. They missed Saturday's win over Everton due to injury and Oscar also travels. Jose Mourinho reported after Saturday's game that the Brazilian attacking midfielder, who was substituted at half-time, had discomfort in his ankle. Henrique Hilario is the third goalkeeper having been added, along with Tomas Kalas , to the Champions League squad A-List for the knockout phase. Nathan Ake is the one young player from the B-List travelling. January signings Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah cannot play for Chelsea in the Champions League this season having appeared in the group stage for their former clubs. The full squad is: Petr Cech , Mark Schwarzer , Henrique Hilario , John Terry , Gary Cahill , David Luiz , Ashley Cole , Cesar Azpilicueta , Branislav Ivanovic , Tomas Kalas , Nathan Ake, Frank Lampard , John Mikel Obi , Ram ...
Suarez: We can reach Champions League (PA) Friday 21 February 2014 Share 1 Suarez: We can reach Champions League © Getty Images Luis Suarez has no doubt he can achieve his dream of playing UEFA Champions League football with Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers' side go into Sunday's clash with Swansea in fourth place in the English Premier League, only four points adrift of leaders Chelsea. This season has seen a remarkable turnaround from Suarez, who has put behind him a ten-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic and the summer's controversy where he stated his desire to leave Liverpool before changing his mind. Suarez captained the team in Steven Gerrard's absence before signing a new contract in December, while he leads the Premier League scoring charts with 23 goals. Hearing Gerrard talk about Liverpool's Champions League history has whetted Suarez's appetite to make a mark in the competition himself. The Uruguayan told the Liverpool Echo: "I watched the games on TV this week and when you hear that Champions ...
Chelsea predicted line-up vs Manchester City: FA Cup clash sees big guns retain places Adam Davies 11 Hours Ago Chelsea's expected starting XI to face Man City in the FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium as Jose Mourinho attempts to win at Etihad Stadium for the second time in 2014. Schwarzer Mark Schwarzer is Chelsea's cup goalkeeper, having played both the Blues' FA Cup and Capital One Cup7 games, as well as a single match in the UEFA Champions League. The veteran Australian has only conceded once in his six matches this season, and despite the immense calibre of Chelsea's opposition, Jose Mourinho should keep faith. Azpilicueta After sporadic appearances last season, Cesar Azpilicueta has become a first choice full back under Jose Mourinho this term, with England star Ashley Cole being dropped over the Christmas period. He should start at right back at the Etihad Stadium. Branislav Ivanovic With John Terry still a doubt due to injury, Branislav Ivanovic may shift into central defence. The Serbian scored the wi ...
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Blood Red: 2013 was start of Reds revolution Posted on January 4, 2014 by Liverpool Echo 2013 will go down as the year when Brendan Rodgers’ Anfield revolution gathered pace. No other club matched Liverpool’s tally of 84 Premier League goals and 37 league matches yielded 69 points. In stark contrast the Reds netted just 54 goals and picked up only 46 points from 39 league games in 2012. The momentum generated by an impressive end to last season was carried over into the first half of the 2013/14 campaign as Liverpool proved they are genuine contenders for a Champions League spot. It was also the year when Rodgers won over the doubters and showed he has all the credentials to be a long-term success for the Reds. His attacking brand of football lit up Anfield and he dealt admirably with some testing situations. The way he handled the Luis Suarez saga showcased his man-management skills and the manner in which he ruthlessly dispensed with the likes of Andy Carroll and Pepe Reina showed he’s not one to ...
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez is beginning to win over his critics with his form on the pitch after a controversial start to life in British football. The Uruguayan joined the Reds in January 2011 and in December of that year was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. Last season he was handed another ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, meaning he did not play until September this campaign, but that has not stopped him netting 19 goals as Liverpool battle for a Champions League place. And Rodgers, who has given his public backing to Suarez on numerous occasions, believes that form on the field is beginning to win over those who are not on the red side of Merseyside. “He’s absolutely in the right place,” Rodgers told several national newspapers. “Supporters around the country are marvelling at his talent and he is gaining the understanding of the culture here. “Throughout South America and parts of Europe it is part of the game t ...
MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 1 STEAUA BUCHAREST 0 Posted on: Thu 12 Dec 2013 Summary A steady if unspectacular victory courtesy of Demba Ba's early goal means Chelsea finish group stage winners for the ninth time in our 12 Champions League campaigns. Opportunities for more goals were few, although Branislav Ivanovic was denied by good goalkeeping and Ba another goal by wayward finishing. Steaua, who set a new record tonight for most consecutive Champions League games without a victory, wasted one gilt-edged chance shortly after the goal but that apart did not look likely to get back into the match. Team News Jose Mourinho spoke before the game of the need to rest players but still win the game and he set out to do that by making seven changes from the defeat at Stoke. Mark Schwarzer at 41 years of age played the first Champions League game of his career and ahead of the goalkeeper, Ashley Cole returned to defence, as did David Luiz who was over injury, just like his countryman Oscar who was also back. Willian , ...
Chelsea 3-1 Southampton: Player ratings as defensive duo save the day Cahill and Terry were on the score-sheet as the Blues win again. It was a good day for Chelsea who bounced back from their 1-0 Champions League defeat to FC Basel by coming from behind to beat Southampton 3-1. Jay Rodriguez gave the visitors the lead in the first minute, but second half goals from Gary Cahill, John Terry and Demba Ba ensured the gap between the Blues and Arsenal remains at four points. Here's the best and worst from the match with the fanatix player ratings. Chelsea Petr Cech - 6/10: Apart from allowing Rodriguez to score - which the goalkeeper could do nothing about - had a fairly quiet afternoon. Branislav Ivanovic - 7/10: Kept the Saints attack quiet although offered little going forward. Gary Cahill - 7/10: Scored the equalising goal with a well taken header although was somewhat at fault for Rodriguez's goal. John Terry - 8/10: It was a captain's performance from the veteran centre- back, who not only scored but co ...
Basel defeat Chelsea but José Mourinho's team still advance to last 16 Basel 1 Chelsea 0 Chelsea have qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions League yet, as the locals celebrated raucously and the acrid smoke from their victory flares drifted across the turf, it was the scowl worn by José Mourinho that summed up this evening's work. A chance to win this group was passed up in Switzerland, Basel completing a deserved double over the Europa League holders, even if Schalke's goalless draw in distant Bucharest edged Chelsea through regardless. In the end, they staggered on in a daze. There was an admission from Mourinho in the aftermath that he had erred in his selection, that fatigue had undermined his team's efforts for all that Basel had been excellent to merit their win. There had been a solitary change from Saturday's powerful victory at West Ham United, and yet Chelsea had been unrecognisable. Had it not been for Petr Cech, they would have been buried by the break. As it was, Mohamed Salah's ...
Chelsea through despite second Basel defeat. FC Basel 1893 1-0 Chelsea FC The English side booked their last-16 spot despite conceding an 87th-minute Mohamed Salah goal that leaves Basel needing a point to join them. Mohamed Salah gave FC Basel 1893 real hope of reaching the UEFA Champions League knockout stages as he struck the only goal of the game to beat a Chelsea FC side who advance regardless. Basel had stunned the 2012 European Champions at Stamford Bridge on matchday one and Murat Yakin's men showed the result was no fluke with an equally impressive display. Salah scored in England, and again confirmed his prodigious talent with a coolly taken effort to lift the Swiss title holders above FC Schalke 04 in Group E. A draw in Gelsenkirchen on matchday six will see Basel through to the last 16 while Chelsea, who progress despite defeat, need to win at home to FC Steaua București to be certain of topping the section. The hosts knew a point would be enough to keep their campaign alive, but thoughts of ...
Basle 1 Chelsea 0: Champions League match report 26 November 2013 22:04 Basle 1 Chelsea 0: Salah nets at the death... but Mourinho's men still scrape through to knockout stage PUBLISHED: 21:36 GMT, 26 November 2013 | UPDATED: 22:31 GMT, 26 November 2013 The clock above his goal said 10.30pm when Petr Cech was finally beaten. Just as Stamford Bridge it was Mohamed Salah who did it, racing clear behind Branislav Ivanovic to clip a shot over the diving goalkeeper. It was harsh on Cech but Basle had been the better team in St Jakob-Park and deserved the win given to them four minutes from time. The defeat will not live long in the memory. In fact, like Jose Mourinho's new haircut, the best thing that can be said is that in two months it will probably be forgotten. At the death: Mohamed Salah netted against a poor Chelsea side to boost Basle's qualification hopes Heads down: But Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry and John Obi Mikel (left-right) are still through Not good enough: Terry and his Chelsea team-mates lo ...
KEY BATTLES: Samuel Eto'o holds the key for Chelsea in their duel with Swiss Champs Basel. CHELSEA will be looking to avenge their opening day Champions League loss to Basel tomorrow night in Switzerland. We take a look at some of the key battles ahead. IVAN IVANOV v Samuel Eto'O With Fernando Torres in the squad but not fully fit, Eto'o - a Champions League winner with Barcelona and Mourinho's Inter Milan - is likely to get the nod up front as he bids to continue his progress. Ivanov is a physical opponent but may struggle to contain the Cameroonian. VALENTIN STOCKER v BRANISLAV IVANOVIC Stocker is a tricky winger and has caused Chelsea problems in their previous meetings, both in the loss at Stamford Bridge and in the Europa League last term. All-action man Ivanovic will have to curtail his attacking instincts and first stifle Stocker. MARCO STRELLER v John Terry Streller is a lanky striker, a traditional targetman but also with silky feet. He is an opponent Terry will relish tackling in a physical sens ...
Chelsea Branislav has won more aerial duels(20) than any other player in the Champions League this season
Luis Suarez has hailed his flourishing partnership with Daniel Sturridge and insists Liverpool's dynamic duo can continue to work in perfect harmony. Suarez and Sturridge have scored 17 times in the games they have played together since the England international moved to Anfield in January and Liverpool's ambitions of reaching the top four this season will hinge on how they continue to perform. There were suggestions that they may struggle to be compatible, given Suarez worked so well on his own last season, but those doubts have been dispelled since the Uruguay striker returned from his 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic last month. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Sturridge and Suarez are the best partnership in the Barclays Premier League and the former Ajax striker feels their increased understanding will give them an edge over their Champions League rivals. 'We are trying for progression,' he said. 'Danny is 24 and I am 26, so we are trying our best to progress for the future of the clu ...
WORDS FROM JOSE. After winning 4-0 in Bucharest in our last Champions League game, the Blues recorded a second successive win on the road in the competition with a 3-0 victory against Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, a result which takes us above the German side and into top spot in Group E. Fernando Torres will dominate the headlines after scoring a brace in his first game back in the starting line-up since last month's draw at Tottenham, but it was an impressive collective display from Jose Mourinho 's side, who are now unbeaten in seven. The Blues took an early lead when Torres headed home from a Branislav Ivanovic flick, and the Spaniard doubled our lead in the 68 th minute following excellent play on the break by Eden Hazard and Oscar . Hazard added a third late in the game. When asked to single out an individual performance, Mourinho refused, and paid tribute to the all-round team effort. 'It's difficult, normally you go to the goalscorers, and Fernando and Eden played a very good game, but I think everyth ...
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has set his sights on a double White Hart Lane raid as he seeks to strengthen his Stamford Bridge squad. Mourinho is said to be keen on England right-back Kyle Walker who he feels would be a better option than either Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta. The Blues manager believes he can lure the 23 year old from North to West London with the promise of Champions League action as well as a genuine push to win major honours. Click link to read full story...
Mousa Dembele believes Tottenham cannot become one of the top teams in England until they learn to cope better with being favourites. Branislav Ivanovic believes Chelsea have a substitutes' bench that can strike fear into their rivals and will be key to the club's hopes of winning the title. Wayne Rooney admits United's players have vowed to ease the pressure on Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, David Moyes. Jordan Henderson believes the blistering form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge could make the difference in Liverpool's pursuit of a Champions League spot. Tim Howard already has his sights set on another unbeaten run after Everton fell to a first league defeat of the season against Manchester City. Alan Pardew has insisted life at Newcastle United will be very much a "squad game" this season. Cheick Tiote believes the fear of being dropped in the Newcastle United camp can aid the Magpies' up-and-down season so far. Ki Sung-Yueng reckons Kevin Ball has found the formula for success - despite Sunderlan ...
UCL: Jose Mourinho endures poor UCL start as Chelsea lose at home to Basel, Arsenal beat Marseille at Thursday, September 19, 2013 Not pretty watching: Jose Mourinho suffered only his second ever defeat at Stamford Bridge CHELSEA suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Basel in Jose Mourinho's first Champions League game back at the club. Oscar broke the deadlock for Chelsea on the stroke of half-time with a fine finish into the bottom corner after being played in by Frank Lampard. The Brazilian struck the crossbar with a wonderful effort early in the second period and there were also chances for Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic, but Chelsea never looked fully in control and they were pegged back in the 71st minute by a curling shot from Mohamed Salah. Basel were not content to hold on for a point, though, and were rewarded for their adventure eight minutes from time when Marco Streller's near-post header from a corner crept past Petr Cech. Willian was brought into the starting XI for his debut after arr ...
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Just when you thought that lot down the road couldn't be anymore despicable, i go find this on Newsnow.. . ALL bets – or should that be bites? - are off! According to The Sun, bookmakers William Hill are taking no more bets on Liverpool striker Luiz Suarez moving to Arsenal after "a series of massive bets in Spain" were laid on the Uruguayan joining the Emirates. The paper claims that Suarez, banned last season for taking a bite out of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, is on the brink of "a sensational move" to Arsenal – and not Real Madrid as originally thought. William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told the Sun the betting surge "would suggest they have heard something substantial", and consequently the bookies have closed the market. Suarez has made no secret in recent months of his wish to play Champions League football and though it was thought he would move overseas, it now appears the Gunners have been laying the groundwork on the sly. . MG
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez a quick escape from his Liverpool *** The mega-wealthy club, managed by Luciano Spalletti, secured a Champions League qualifying spot last season after they finished second in the Russian championship behind CSKA Moscow. Suarez, who is desperate to leave Liverpool after a controversial season in which he was banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, is keen to play Champions League football and Zenit would offer him that. The club also see Suarez as the ideal replacement for Brazilian Hulk, who looks set to leave the club after a disappointing season where he notched just seven goals in 16 league games. A source close to Liverpool said Suarez's reputation makes him a bigger risk for some of Europe's elite, but a club with limitless wealth is more likely to take the risk. "Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are the two front-runners but will they fork out £40 million+ on a player who gets banned for at least six games a season? Money doesn't matter to Zenit. . ...
Luis Suarez FUTAA.COM German Champions, Bayern Munich have jumped to the head of the teams looking to secure the services of Liverpool bad boy, Luis Suarez as they have said they are ready to offer Arjen Robben as part of a deal. The German giants are riding high after a Treble-winning season, and club chiefs believe want-away Suarez would give them even more attacking options, reports futaa.com. Desperate The Uruguay striker has hinted his Reds future is far from certain, while Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers is desperate to hang on to his 30-goal top scorer. But Suarez, who was banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, hinted he might leave when he acknowledged that he has a contract with Liverpool but it’d be hard to say no to Real Madrid. But Bayern's hand is strengthened by the fact new boss Pep Guardiola’s brother Pere is also Suarez’s agent. Winners If that was not enough, the Champions League winners would be willing to offer Wembley hero Robben as part of a deal to l ...
A 93rd-minute header from Branislav Ivanovic gave Chelsea a stunning 2-1 victory over Benfica in the Europa League final on Wednesday as the London club claimed the trophy for the first time in heart-stopping fashion. The game in Amsterdam seemed destined for extra time after Fernando Torres' superb 60th-minute opener for Chelsea was cancelled out by an Oscar Cardozo penalty, only for Ivanovic to net a dramatic winner with a looping header in stoppage time. Club captain John Terry sat the game out with an ankle injury, but just as he had done after last season's Champions League final, which he missed through suspension, he donned his full kit to lift the trophy alongside fellow Chelsea stalwart Frank Lampard. "It's a great feeling," said Ivanovic. "This team deserved this, because we have had a very difficult season and a lot of games." Victory made Chelsea the first team to simultaneously hold the Champions League and Europa League titles, although they will relinquish their Champions League crown in 10 ...
By Jeremy Armstrong 3 Comments Chelsea win Europa League final as injured John Terry lifts another trophy in full kit 16 May 2013 02:10 Terry took centre stage to collect another trophy in front of 10,000 delirious Chelsea supporters at the 48,000-seater Amsterdam Arena Presentation: Lampard and Terry lift the trophy Presentation: Lampard and Terry lift the trophy Jamie McDonald John Terry put on his kit to collect the Europa League trophy last night - even though he had not played in Chelsea’s thrilling win over Benfica. In a re-run of last year’s Champions League final, injured Terry changed into the full strip to take part in the on-pitch official presentation. Man-of-the-match Branislav Ivanovic had secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Portuguese giants with a towering stoppage time header. Terry had collected the Champions League trophy last year after a penalty shoot-out over Bayern Munich despite taking no part in the game. Hilarious images of him appeared online showing him gate crashing th ...
Chelsea make history with Europa League triumph FOOTBALL, SPORTS Chelsea defeated Benfica, 2-1. Chelsea on Wednesday night made history at the Amsterdam Arena as they emerged as the first team to win the UEFA Champions League and then the Europa League back-to-back after defeating Benfica 2-1 in a thrilling final match. Fernando Torres shot the Blues ahead in the 59th minute, but Benfica were soon back on level terms in the 68th minute as Oscar Cardoso scored from the penalty spot after Azpilicueta handled the ball inside the box. Both teams came close to scoring the winning goal with Lampard hitting the bar in one of the occasions. While it was looking like the game would stretch into extra time, Chelsea sealed a late victory as Branislav Ivanovic jumped higher above his markers and nodded in the goal that effectively retained Chelsea as European Champions. The Nigerian duo of John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses were not in action. Both were not deemed fully fit, but will nonetheless celebrate the latest sil ...
CHELSEA WINS AT THE DEATH Chelsea made it back-to-back European wins as they claimed the Europa League with a 2-1 win over Benfica in the Amsterdam Arena. The final had appeared to be heading for extra-time as Oscar Cardozo had levelled from the penalty spot just eight minutes after Fernando Torres had put Chelsea ahead on the hour. But it was won in injury-time as Branislav Ivanovic rose brilliantly to head home a Juan Mata corner to give Chelsea yet more European silverware just 12 months after claiming the Champions League title. It was a night of disappointment for Benfica as they played their part in a thrilling contest in Holland. The Portuguese outfit were by far the better team in the opening half, and they enjoyed good possession throughout - but they failed to really test Petr Cech. As early as the second minute Cardozo headed over, whilst Nico Gaitan twice fired wide and Enzo Perez and Eduardo Salvio were constantly probing and driving forward from midfield. One-time Bolton loanee Rodrigo proba ...
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has admitted that the Blues will be going up against Manchester United in the FA Cup this weekend at the worst possible time. The Blues suffered their fifth defeat in 2013 when they stumbled to a 1-0 loss against Steaua Bucuresti in the first leg of the Europa League round-of-16 tie last night. While United host Chelsea at Old Trafford days after getting knocked out of the Champions League, Ivanovic believes that the Red Devils will be even more determined to win the quarter-final clash. "It is going to be one of our biggest challenges of the season, especially playing them at this moment," Ivanovic told the London Evening Standard . "When you go out of the biggest competition in that way, it must be disappointing but they will be more motivated because of that." Meanwhile, the Blues are currentlyplaced in fourth in the Premier League table . -KY
Substitute Eden Hazard saved Chelsea's blushes tonight with a stoppage-time strike that saw Rafael Benitez's side sneak into the Europa League last 16 at the expense of Sparta Prague.Just nine months on from winning the Champions League, the West Londoners only just managed to overcome the side third in the Czech top flight at Stamford Bridge.Hazard grabbed the all-important goal to avoid extra time and, more pertinently, the potential of an embarrassing Europa League exit on home turf.Rafael Benitez's side came into the match boasting a 1-0 lead from last week's first leg in the Czech Republic, leading the Spaniard to rest Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic ahead of Sunday's trip to Manchester City.Any talk of complacency had been downplayed in the build-up but after just 17 minutes the reigning European Champions were behind, with David Lafata firing home from close range.Things could have been different had Fernando Torres found the net with one of the many chances he wasted in the first half, while ...
»Rafael Benitez’s tumultuous reign as Chelsea interim manager took another twist last night after he risked opening a rift with captain John Terry. The Spaniard, who has proved an unpopular appointment among Blues fans, left the 32-year-old former England captain on the bench in their 1-0 win at Sparta Prague in the Europa League. Brazilian forward Oscar scored a late winner for last season’s European Champions, and after the game Benitez warned Terry he was no longer guaranteed a place in the team. The centre-back is seen as a legend among Chelsea fans after captaining the club to three Premier League titles and the Champions League, although he was suspended for the final. Bad part for the former three lions skipper: Terry has also been involved in five FA Cup-winning teams and has won the League Cup twice, although he has attracted a number of negative headlines for non-football issues. Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic were preferred to Terry last night as, Benitez claims, the Chelsea captain st ...
Chelsea - Arsenal Preview: Benitez's side looking to halt Stamford Bridge woes The Blues have been horribly out of form at home recently, and take on a Gunners team that will be eager to close the gap on their rivals for a Champions League spot PROBABLE LINEUPS CHELSEA Cech Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole Ramires, Lampard Oscar, Mata, Hazard Ba ARSENAL Szczesny Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs Wilshere, Diaby Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski Walcott Chelsea have an almost fully fit squad to choose from, with Oriol Romeu (knee) the only long-term absentee. John Terry has returned to fitness but is unlikely to start. Nigerian duo Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel have both travelled to South Africa for the Africa Cup of Nations so are unavailable for selection. Branislav Ivanovic was rested against Southampton but should return to the starting XI in place of Gary Cahill, while Demba Ba is expected to continue up front. Arsene Wenger is still without Mikel Arteta (calf), who has been sidelined until t ...
Luciano Becchio's first-half strike briefly threatened an upset for the hosts but goals after the break from Juan Mata, Branislav Ivanovic, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres wrapped up a convincing win for the Blues. Victory gives Rafa Benitez's chances of bringing silverware back to Stamford Bridge a timely boost, having already presided over exits from the Champions League and Club World Cup. Much was expected of the first meeting between these two historic rivals in over eight years but events on the pitch only served to show the gulf which has emerged between them. Benitez shuffled his pack after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Corinthians, handing Marko Marin and Ryan Bertrand rare starts and recalling Oscar. Neil Warnock, meanwhile, made three changes to the side which defeated Ipswich Town 2-0 on Saturday, with Jamie Ashdown, Jason Pearce and Michael Brown replacing Paddy Kenny, Alan Tate and David Norris. Leeds attacked with conviction from the start but it was Chelsea who conjured the first ...
Branislav Ivanovic today claimed Chelsea's FIFA World Club Cup Final with Corinthians could be "the key game for this generation" at the club. Defender Ivanovic suggested a win in Sunday's match in Yokohama would be the catalyst for a new era of success at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's UEFA Champions League triumph in May was a watershed moment for the club, having been followed by an overhaul in both personnel and playing style.
Chelsea cruise past Monterrey Chelsea eased into the final of the Club World Cup with a comfortable 3-1 win over Monterrey in Yokohama on Thursday. Juan Mata set Chelsea on their way with the opener in the first half and two quick-fire second half goals from Fernando Torres and an unfortunate own goal from Darvin Chavez earned the UEFA Champions League holders victory. Chelsea will now face South American champions Corinthians in Sunday's final. David Luiz, who started in an unfamiliar midfield role, created Chelsea's first chance of the game when his brilliant pass sent Eden Hazard in on goal down the left, but the Belgian curled his shot just wide of the far post. Monterrey almost gifted Chelsea the opener on 13 minutes when Severo Meza made a mess of a back pass and almost allowed Oscar to steal in before managing to clear the danger for a corner. From the resulting kick Mata picked out Branislav Ivanovic unmarked inside the box, but the defender headed his effort wide of the target. Chelsea did make t ...
Didier Drogba has presented his former team-mates from Chelsea’s Champions League winning side with commemorative rings. The Ivorian icon presented John Terry, David Luiz, Ryan Bertrand, Branislav Ivanovic, Paulo Ferreira, Daniel Sturridge and Ashley Cole with rings similar to those worn by Super Bowl winners, at an event at a London hotel last night. Every member of the victorious Blues squad had been invited, but not all managed to attend for various reasons. The mood at the hotel must have been bitter sweet, considering the fact that Chelsea had just become the first Champions League holders in history to be eliminated from the competition after the group stage. And the Blues have seemed a far less potent force without imposing African legend Drogba to name in their ranks. It is no surprise that the club had hoped to bring the Shanghai Shenhua striker back to Stamford Bridge on loan just for a few months, only for Fifa to pull the plug on their plans. The rings are said to have set Drogba back to the ...
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Chelsea: Last Minute Team News and Potential Starting XI vs. Nordsjaelland With that team news in mind, let's have a look and see if we can piece together the Blues starting lineup for their match against Nordsjaelland. Petr Cech will start in goals as per usual for the Blues, and it's hard to see too many chances from the starting side that took on West Ham on the weekend other than the return of David Luiz into the central defenders role with Terry still absent. His return to the side will likely push Branislav Ivanovic out on to the right flank, where he has played all five previous Champions League fixtures. John Obi Mikel and Ramires will also both likely be used in central defensive midfield here, as they have been pretty much all season for the West London club. The absence of Lampard and the fact they will be looking to attack right from the whistle all but confirms their inclusion. The attacking midfield and wingers look like the players everyone would expect to see, with Victor Moses playing mos ...
Fernando Torres Fernando Torres has been dropped to the bench for Chelsea 's crucial Champions League group-stage clash with Juventus . Eden Hazard will start as a false No.9 in the absence of the out-of-form Spaniard, with Juan Mata and Oscar tasked with providing the service for the tricky Belgian. In defence, Roberto Di Matteo shifts to a back three of Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz and Gary Cahill, with the returning Ashley Cole andCesar Azpilicueta are expected to operate as wing-backs. Juventus, meanwhile, prefer Fabio Quagliarella to Sebastian Giovinco up front in what is otherwise a full-strength lineup. Juventus starting XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Chiellini, Barzagli, Bonucci; Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, Asamoah; Vucinic, Quagliarella Subs: Storari, Caceres, Pogba, Pepe, Giovinco, Giaccherini, Matri
The Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is likely to drop Fernando Torres and play Eden Hazard in a lone striking role in tonight's Champions League match with Juventus.With Daniel Sturridge apparently having suffered a setback in training, Hazard will play at centre-forward,David Luiz is set to partner Gary Cahill at centre-half, with Branislav Ivanovic starting at right-back and Ashley Cole returning at left-back, according to the Daily Mail.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo appears to have one eye on his side's Champions League game against Juventus in midweek. He makes five changes with centre-backs Gary Cahill and David Luiz, midfielder Oriol Romeu, winger Victor Moses as well as striker Daniel Sturridge starting. They replace Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Ramires, Juan Mata and Oscar.
Roberto Di Matteo has admitted Chelsea have been missing John Terry after their defensive problems deepened ahead of the Barclays Premier League game at Swansea. The European Champions were all over the place at the back in Wednesday night's dramatic Capital One Cup win over Manchester United and were hardly any better in Sunday's first league defeat of the season against the same opponents. They have now conceded 11 goals in just four games since Terry began his domestic racism ban, although the Chelsea captain did play in one of them when he started their Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk. Terry serves the final instalment of his ban on Saturday, while manager Di Matteo revealed fellow defender David Luiz would almost certainly miss the Swansea game though injury. That would mean Branislav Ivanovic being pressed into centre-back service in a new-look defence that would almost certainly see right-back Cesar Azpilicueta handed his full league debut, with Ashley Cole returning from injury on the ...
manager Roberto Di Matteo backs Branislav Ivanovic over red card Roberto Di Matteo insisted Kevin Friend’s decision to dismiss Branislav Ivanovic was the pivotal moment in Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat at Villa Park in Sunday's Community Shield and claimed there had been no intent from the Serbian international. Ivanovic is facing a three-match ban for his reckless challenge on Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov late in the first half and it is unlikely Chelsea will appeal and risk a lengthier suspension. With Chelsea leading at the time, Ivanovic’s dismissal was undoubtedly the game-changer as the Champions League holders suffered a fourth successive defeat in pre-season, just a week ahead of their Premier League opener at Wigan Athletic. Fernando Torres appeared galvanised after his three goals at Euro 2012 and produced a wonderfully taken opening goal but it was the loss of Ivanovic that conspired to condemn Di Matteo to his first competitive defeat since being appointed permanent manager. He sai ...
INTERNATIONALS: FLORENT STRIKES FOR FRANCE 01-06-2012 Florent Malouda added to the Chelsea scorers in midweek Euro 2012 warm-up games with a special strike. Fernando Torres scored for Spain on Wednesday night and on Thursday evening in a home match against Serbia, Malouda found the top corner from 25 yards out to make it 2-0 to France early in the first-half. Franck Ribery, recovered from the injury that saw him limp out of the Champions League Final, struck the first goal. That was the score at the final whistle although it took a good save to prevent Branislav Ivanovic scoring from a novel sight for Chelsea fans - a direct free-kick taken by the defender which was deflected by Malouda. Ivanovic played the full game for Serbia who did not qualify for Euro 2012. Malouda played 76 minutes for France who are England's first opponents. Yossi Benayoun played the first-half for another non-qualified nation, Israel going down 2-0 away to Germany. Oriol Romeu played the whole of Spain Under 21s' 1-0 win away to ...
Branislav Ivanovic has emerged as a target for Real Madrid as Jose Mourinho looks to mount a Champions League challenge. The Chelsea defender has been a regular for the Stamford Bridge side.
An incredible night at the Allianz Arena saw Chelsea lift the Champions League trophy for the first-ever time after beating Bayern Munich on penalties. The odds were against the Blues playing at the Bavarian side's home with John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles all suspended, but Roberto Di Matteo kept the opposition on their toes by springing a surprise selection, Ryan Bertrand starting his first European game on the left wing. Bayern confirmed their home advantage by making the early running but couldn't make their chances count until late on, when Thomas Muller opened the scoring despite a heroic defensive effort. But that man Didier Drogba popped up with two minutes of the 90 remaining to send the match to extra time at 1-1. There was another scare when Bayern were awarded a penalty after Franck Ribery went down in the area, but Petr Cech continued his own heroics by saving low to his left. With time over, it all came down to a penalty shootout. Juan Mata saw his effort saved but ...
Branislav Ivanovic says he could hardly watch Chelsea's Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.
Branislav Ivanovic has revealed the torment he went through watching Chelsea battling to win the Champions League after being banned for the final with Bayern Munich.
Sunday May 20, 12:37 AMChelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic holds the trophy after the UEFA Champions League final football match between (FC) Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC on May 19, 2012 at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich. Munich won the match. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOL...
21.30 – The game moves into injury time, with Tyldesley now almost incomprehensible in his shrieking about "that night in Barcelona" and "what odds?". 21:35 – As the final whistle goes and Bayern win 3-2, Geoff Shreeves scampers towards Di Matteo to confirm that the Blues will definitely not be playing Champions League football next season, but is stopped in his tracks by Branislav Ivanovic, who knows Shreeves' intentions all too well and sends him flying with a slide tackle from behind.
Chelsea players out of Champions League final: Terry, Ramires, Raul Meireles and Branislav Ivanovic
Chelsea's Champions League hero Branislav Ivanovic has shot to the top of Real Madrid's wanted list ahead of the summer transfer window.
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Just three days after their FA Cup Final defeat to the Blues, Kenny Dalglish’s side responded with a stunning early showing as a Michael Essien own-goal was followed by clinical finishes from Jordan Henderson and Daniel Agger. Chelsea captain John Terry endured a nightmare evening with a spate of mistakes, while fellow defender Branislav Ivanovic could have been sent off for an elbow on Andy Carroll, with Stewart Downing missing the resulting penalty. Ramires grabbed a goal back for the visitors just after half-time, but a horrendous attempted clearance from goalkeeper Ross Turnbull left Jonjo Shelvey to net a fourth and cap a fine win for the Reds as Chelsea saw their hopes of grabbing fourth spot extinguished. Former Kop idol Fernando Torres returned to Anfield for the first time since his £50 million departure in January last year as one of eight changes for Chelsea with this month's Champions League final against Bayern Munich Roberto Di Matteo’s primary focus. Liverpool, meanwhile, made four cha ...
The second half is underway. If Roberto Di Matteo does plan to introduce any of his substitutes,he's going to wait a little bit longer first. No changes at the break. Interesting situation for Roberto Di Matteo. He has the likes of Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku on the bench, but I imagine the plan was to rest the former two for as long as possible. Chelsea still have a chance of finishing fourth, of course, but it is now looking very distant. It might be wise to go for damage limitation and focus on securing Champions League qualification by winning the final in Munich. What a half for Liverpool - the Reds lead by three goals despite Stewart Downing's missed penalty. Chelsea have notplayed well and they will be even more disappointed with the manner in which they have shipped goals - an own goal, a disastrous slip by John Terry anda corner kick. Fernando Torres has also hit the bar - nothing hasgone right, Downing's penalty miss aside, for the Blues so far. 45′ +4 HALF-TIME! Liverpool 3-0 C ...
Chelsea trio will miss final Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires will miss the Champions League final after an attempt to overturn their suspensions failed.
Chelsea trio Raul Meireles, Ramires and Branislav Ivanovic will all miss the Champions League final.
Chelsea trio Raul Meireles, Ramires and Branislav Ivanovic have had the FIFPro appeal against their Champions League final bans turned down!
Papiss Cisse says his goal came at the perfect moment. A stunning double from Papiss Cisse kept Newcastle in the hunt for a Champions League berth with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge. The Magpies striker found the net in each half to keep the visitors level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham and all but end Chelsea's hopes of qualifying for Europe's elite via the Premier League. The Blues were quickest out of the blocks and Meireles missed a couple of early chances which the hosts paid dearly for on 19 minutes. David Santon went on a surging run before playing in Cisse, and the Senegalese teed himself up with his first touch to fire a stunning volley past Petr Cech. It took until the 36th minute before the Blues mustered a response with Florent Malouda heading wide from a pinpoint Fernando Torres cross. Branislav Ivanovic then headed over from a Meireles corner before the visitors went agonisingly close to a second when Demba Ba rattled the bar a minute before the break. John Obi Mikel was lucky to esca ...
Chelsea FC - Fifa, football's world governing body, has introduced an amnesty policy for those suspended by yellow cards accrued in the semi-finals of competitions such as the World Cup. And at Uefa's Euro 2012: 'Single cautions from matches in the final tournament expire on completion of the quarter-finals, and are not carried forward to the semi-finals.' Were that the case in the association's flagship Champions League, the Bayern trio and Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles would be eligible to play on 19 May. John Terry would still miss out as his was a red card.
After revealing to Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, live on air, that he would miss the Champions League final, Geoff Shreeves decided to break the news to some of Barcelona's biggest names, too. DISCLAIMER: This video isn't real, but like Geoff Shreeves' comedy post-match interview, it might ju...
Just in case John Terry didn't realise it, we've got Geoff Shreeves to inform the Chelsea captain that he'll miss the 2012 Champions League final. Poor old Branislav Ivanovic doesn't look like he can believe it, either.
In terms of pricking someone's bubble, Sky TV reporter Geoff Shreeves' revelation to Branislav Ivanovic that his yellow card would rule him out of the Champions League final in Munich was about as subtle as a John Terry knee in the backside.
Chelsea Football Club is disappointed the FA Regulatory Commission today found Branislav Ivanovic guilty of violent conduct...
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