It’s Branislav Ivanovic’s birthday and we check out the highest 5 moments of the Serbian in a Chelsea shirt.
Chelsea signed Branislav Ivanovic as a 23-year-old from Lokomotiv in 2008 for €13 million. Despite being signed for an quantity that was significantly massive on the time, Ivanovic needed to work onerous to interrupt into the Chelsea facet.
Ivanovic has stated that the preliminary six months at Chelsea have been essentially the most troublesome interval in his profession and he even considered leaving the membership. However, as soon as he hit his stride subsequent season, there was no wanting again.
Ivanovic went on to win three Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League title, three FA Cups, three Europa League titles, and one League Cup over the course of his nine-year stint at Stamford Bridge.
On his birthday, we return and check out Branislav Ivanovic’s finest moments in a Chelsea shirt.
#1 Header in opposition to Benfica within the Europa League ultimate
The 2013 Europa League ultimate was heading into extra-time when Ivanovic scored Chelsea’s winner within the dying embers of the sport. Fernando Torres had given the Blues the lead within the sixtieth minute however Benfica pulled one again by way of Cardozo eight minutes later.
Ivanovic rose above everybody and despatched a towering header into the aim to win the Europa League for Chelsea. After scoring the successful aim within the Europa League ultimate, Ivanovic was photographed sitting on prime of the goalpost with the Serbian flag tied round his waist through the title celebrations. The pictures have since grow to be fairly iconic.
#2 The aim in opposition to Napoli within the Champions League
Chelsea pulled off a dramatic comeback victory in opposition to Napoli within the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League Round of 16. After dropping the primary leg 3-1 on the Napoli stadium, Chelsea received 4-1 at dwelling to win 5-4 on mixture.
Once once more, it was Branislav Ivanovic who scored the all-important ultimate aim that received the sport for Chelsea. Ivanovic obtained to the tip of a Didier Drogba low-cross and smashed the ball previous the Napoli goalkeeper to win the tie for Chelsea.
#3. Headed targets in opposition to Liverpool within the 2008-09 Champions League
In the primary leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final of the 2008-09 season between Chelsea and Liverpool, the latter went forward by way of a Fernando Torres aim as early because the sixth minute.
But Branislav Ivanovic scored two thumping headers to present Chelsea the lead earlier than Lampard added one other one to complete the Merseysiders off. On each events, Liverpool discovered the Chelsea right-back troublesome to mark because of his motion and he made them pay for it.
#4. The aim in opposition to Manchester City at Etihad in 2013-14 season
Branislav Ivanovic scored Chelsea’s lone aim of their win in opposition to Manchester City on the Etihad within the 2013-14 Premier League season. Ivanovic obtained on the tip of a blocked shot and drove the ball dwelling from exterior the realm along with his left foot to present Chelsea the benefit.
It was drilled in so quick that the Manchester City goalkeeper stood no probability of saving.
#5. The aim in opposition to Reading in March 2012
In the 2011-12 season, Chelsea got here from behind to register a 4-2 win in opposition to Reading. With the rating of 3-2 in Chelsea’s favor, Reading dedicated everybody together with their goalkeeper ahead for a nook kick within the ultimate minute.
Ivanovic headed the ball clear after which Torres shifted the ball out broad to Hazard. With the goalkeeper behind them and scampering to get again, Ivanovic bombed ahead to assist Hazard out and calmly slotted the ball dwelling after being picked out by the Belgian.
(*5*)Published 22 Feb 2021, 18:15 IST