Ivanovic - Take it to the max
Branislav Ivanovic is targeting a maximum effort to help Chelsea win the Community Shield on Sunday.
Last Updated: 07/08/10 4:23pm
Branislav Ivanovic is targeting a maximum effort to help Chelsea win the Community Shield against Manchester United on Sunday.
The Serbia international will partner John Terry at the heart of the Blues' defence in the Wembley showpiece.
Ivanovic knows it will be tough against the Red Devils, especially as Chelsea's World Cup players have only just returned to training, but he is expecting Carlo Ancelotti's side to give a good account of themselves.
He said: "Some of us have only just started pre-season, which is a very important period.
"It is always a tough game against United, but I think we will be as ready as we can and we need to give our maximum against them."
Ivanovic played second fiddle to Paulo Ferreira and Jose Boswinga at right-back during his early Stamford Bridge career but made the position his own last season - partly due to an injury to Boswinga.
While Ferreira has been back in favour in the position during pre-season, Ivanovic has instead found himself thrust into the heart of Chelsea's defence.
But the Serbian is not complaining, being prepared to do what it takes to help the team.
He told his club's official website: "I am here to play wherever the manager says, and for me it is good because I can play in two positions.
"For me, last season was a great season, but every season you can do better and I will give my maximum and hope I can give the club more than last season.
"Every time you win, you want to show next year you are better, so we must do that."
Despite knowing the impending return of Boswinga from a knee injury could hamper his chances of staying in the side, Ivanovic insists he wants the Portugal international fit as soon as possible.
"I don't look at it like a battle," he added.
"Jose is a fantastic player, he has been injured almost a year and we are waiting for him to be fit again so that he can help the team.
"That is the most important thing."