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Ivanovic: Liverpool game is massive

first_imgBranislav Ivanovic believes Chelsea are a side which relish big matches and has called on his team-mates to show fight in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool and Luis Suarez. “I’m not asking for a big injury. A little injury to stop him playing for four days.” Mourinho and Ivanovic will be boosted by Chelsea’s improved defensive record ahead of the Reds test. The 1-0 Boxing Day defeat of Swansea, following on from Monday’s goalless draw at Arsenal, means for the first time this season the Blues have recorded consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League. “It’s very important for this part of the season to play defensively well,” Ivanovic added. “We have done in the last two games and it’s good for us. We have to keep going. We have to defend as a team. “For us it’s very important to keep on this way and to try to fight as a team.” Mourinho enjoyed a famous rivalry with Rafael Benitez in this fixture during his first spell in charge of Chelsea, with Champions League contests among the most memorable fixtures. In a competitive Premier League, Mourinho knows the old cliche about no easy games rings true, but there are some games which are more difficult than others. Mourinho added: “Every game is hard. The difference is some teams are bigger. Bigger name, bigger impact: Man City-Liverpool, Chelsea-Liverpool, Chelsea-Arsenal. “But every game is difficult. The last two matches we played (at home), Swansea and Crystal Palace: 1-0, 2-1. You have to give everything to win matches.” Eden Hazard scored the only goal against Swansea as Chelsea again failed to add to their advantage. Mourinho felt the Belgium forward should have earned a penalty when tackled by Jordi Amat in the second half and that Hazard’s trickery is deserving of more spot-kicks. “I think that happens a lot, that Eden Hazard beats people, goes into the box and is not getting penalties in situations like that,” Mourinho said. The Portuguese praised Eto’o, despite the striker missing two clear chances to net his third Premier League goal of the season. “He did well,” Mourinho added. “I want that feeling that my strikers are working to have chances. “I want them to shoot, I want the goalkeeper to save, the ball to hit the post.” Chelsea face Liverpool without midfielder Ramires, who is suspended for one match after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season against Swansea. Frank Lampard will almost certainly take his place. Further changes are likely, with the possibility Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill will return in defence in place of Ashley Cole and David Luiz. John Terry is in line to make his 600th Chelsea appearance and Ivanovic will start at right-back, having missed only Capital One Cup matches this season in an illustration of his importance to Chelsea and Mourinho. Ivanovic added: “I try to do my best every game and if the manager selects me for every game, I’m happy.” Ivanovic, a no nonsense, physical defender, moved on from the biting incident swiftly, but Suarez was suspended, although his 10-match ban has done little to halt his remarkable form this season. “It’s going to be a very important game for us, one of the deciding games this season,” Ivanovic told Chelsea TV. “We must be ready for the big fight. Our team likes to play big games and big challenges. “I hope we’re going to be ready for Liverpool, because it’s a massive, massive game for us.” Jose Mourinho has repeatedly bemoaned the shortcomings of his strikers this season and would love someone as prolific as Suarez. The Uruguayan has netted 19 goals in 13 Premier League games; Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have scored five times between them. Mourinho gave nothing away on how Chelsea would attempt to stop Suarez, but joked he hoped the former Ajax man would not be available to play at Stamford Bridge. “Maybe Suarez (against Manchester City) got a little injury,” Mourinho said. Chelsea’s best performances have come in key contests this season: against Bayern Munich and Manchester City, in particular. In the Blues’ most recent meeting with Liverpool, in April, Suarez bit Ivanovic on the arm before scoring a 97th-minute equaliser. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tim Sherwood defends tactical switches after Villa are shocked by Leicester

first_imgTim Sherwood has defended his substitutions against Leicester and admitted the changes made by both managers played a part in the dramatic turnaround at the King Power Stadium. For just over an hour on Sunday it was probably Aston Villa’s best performance of the Barclays Premier League season, as Sherwood’s side led 2-0 courtesy of a goal from Jack Grealish – his first for the club – and Carles Gil’s strike. However, from a position of total control, Villa somehow conspired to lose the game 3-2. Press Association Leicester’s fightback coincided with a couple of strange changes by the Villa boss. First, shortly after Gil’s 63rd-minute strike, Sherwood replaced the Spanish midfielder with Jordan Ayew – a striker. Then, at 2-1, Rudy Gestede came on for Gabby Agbonlahor when a more defensive approach was perhaps needed. As a result the hosts gained the upper hand and Jamie Vardy equalised with eight minutes remaining before Nathan Dyer, brought on by Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri at half-time to allow Riyad Mahrez to play more centrally, bravely headed the winning goal in the 89th minute. Mahrez had a hand in all three of the Foxes goals, leaving Sherwood out-tinkered by ‘The Tinkerman’. “They had to change, didn’t they? Because we were so on top and we were outplaying them. But credit to them for the changes they made,” said Sherwood. “I’ve been asked about bringing Carles off but I had to. I was going to make the substitution before he scored as he was struggling with an injury. “You make changes – sometimes they work for you, sometimes they don’t. “I’m not sure if they were the reasons the game got away from us. People can draw their own conclusions. “The game was gone. It was finished. With 30 minutes left, 2-0 up, the game should be dead and buried. “But we made unforced errors and it has cost us the game. It was individual errors, which we need to stop happening. “We scored good goals but the goals we conceded were shocking.” As well as introducing Dyer at the break, Ranieri reacted immediately to going 2-0 down by bringing on Ngolo Kante and Leonardo Ulloa and b oth played their part in the fightback. Ranieri received a lot of credit for the changes he made but the 63-year-old was quick to deflect the praise back on to his players. “I saw that the team wanted something different, to keep the spirit going,” he said. “I told the players they were keeping the ball better than us but if we played together we could do something good, and the players did it – they did it all.” Asked if he now has a selection headache for the trip to Stoke next weekend, the affable Italian said: “No, no it’s good. This is not a problem. “Injuries and suspensions give a manager a problem, not having 25 players to pick from – players who are ready.” last_img read more

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