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Branislav Ivanovic

Ivanovic

The Serbian has made Chelsea’s right-back spot his own for the better part of the past decade, with the assumption outside the club being that an able replacement simply wasn’t required, seeing his impeccable fitness. In attack, his pile-driver shots on goal and wicked crosses would wreak havoc, and he could comfortably slot into the centre-back position if required. This season, however, Ivanovic has looked nothing like the part – wingers with any hint of pace have found it easy to circumvent what was once an impregnable fortress in Chelsea’s right flank, and timid approaches to blocking shots (with an odd tendency to worry more about giving away a handball) have added to his woes.

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