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Ivanovic: More to come from Chelsea

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Ivanovic in action against Napoli. (©GettyImages)
Ivanovic in action against Napoli. (©GettyImages).

Branislav Ivanovic admits he is delighted with Chelsea's recent revival and wants his teammates to keep the momentum garnered from Wednesday's Champions League victory over Napoli going for the rest of the season.

The 28-year-old defender netted the decisive extra time goal on a famous night at Stamford Bridge, and has compared the club's upturn in form under the stewardship of interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, to the impact that Guus Hiddink made in 2009.

Following the recent sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, Di Matteo has guided Chelsea to three consecutive victories, in the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League.

Hiddink meanwhile, took over the temporary reigns from Luiz Felipe Scolari, and lost just one match during his time in west London, leading the Blues to the FA Cup, and successfully steering the club to a top four finish and securing qualification for Europe's top tier competition.

Chelsea are in a similar predicament this season, and are in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League, but Ivanovic remains confident the club can achieve their goal.

"We have to believe. We have to play a lot of games like this at a good level, good intensity, show good football, to deserve some trophies," he told Sky Sports. "It's going to be difficult. This is only one game and we will try to do everything.

"When it's something new, you try to do everything, try to change the season. The same thing happened when Scolari left the club. We tried to do everything and I think this is quite a similar situation like that one."

One obvious change that Di Matteo has made is the reintroduction of Chelsea's old guard, with Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard all featuring prominently against Napoli.

"John gave the maximum," added Ivanovic, after the club captain limped off in extra time. "He was injured and, three weeks ago, he was lost for this game.

"He was great and scored as well and Didier was fantastic, was like an animal on the pitch - Frank as well. Everybody was good and that's why it got the result for us."

Chelsea have been drawn against Benfica in the Champions League quarter-final stage, and have an FA Cup sixth round clash against Leicester City to look forward to this weekend.

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