Ivanovic in for overtime
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is ready to put in the hard yards in his bid to feature at Stamford Bridge
Last Updated: 06/02/09 12:23pm
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is ready to put in the hard yards in his bid to force his way into the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge.
The Serbia international has started just six league games in over a year at Chelsea but hopes a work ethic inspired by John Terry will pay off.
"When I first came to Chelsea I did not even think of staying after training. But then I saw how others behaved, headed by the captain John Terry," said Ivanovic.
"To have the chance and prove that you have the right for a place in the main team you must be in your best form in any moment.
"Your fate depends only on you. There is a common rule: the better you train, the better you play. And there is no other way."
The 24-year-old told the Evening Standard: "At the beginning of this season I did not play, but after a couple of months I entered the field and showed what I can do, though I understand that this is only the first step.
"I must work much harder as I understand that I can play much better. But I am happy there is progress because if there was none I would have started to think my situation over."