Reigning champions Chelsea only has a single point after two games of the new season. The team lost 3-0 against Manchester City on Sunday, but defender Branislav Ivanovic isn’t too concerned.
Chelsea were played off the pitch in the game against City, but Ivanovic, 31, doesn’t think that the five-point gap to City is too much to worry about right now.
“I don’t think so,” Ivanovic said to the Guardian. “At the moment it looks big after two games, but we just have to focus on our situation, ourselves instead and how we can improve. There is still a long way to go. Every game can be like a final and you have to be on top of your game all the time, to beat your opponent, improve yourself and get the points and I think we will start doing better.”
City dominated the game on Sunday and last season’s Golden Boot winner Sergio Aguero created a lot of chances and kept the Chelsea defense occupied. John Terry was subbed off at halftime, and it was the first time during Jose Mourinho’s reign at Chelsea that Terry had been subbed off in the Premier League. The Chelsea captain had played 90 minutes in 177 league games under Mourinho.
“It was a very difficult game and disappointing result for us, but this is done now and we can’t go back,” Ivanovic said. “This is the Premier League, every game is like a final and we know we have to look forward. We haven’t done well in the first two games but there is another 36 to go and we know we have to improve ourselves.”