Ivanovic: Pressure keeps focus

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Branislav Ivanovic claimed the John Terry and Ashley Cole scandals could have a "positive" effect on Chelsea's bid for silverware after helping them storm four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

The European champions shrugged off the latest furore to engulf the club by crushing Norwich 4-1 on Saturday and posting their best start to a season since 2006. Chelsea have become past masters at playing amid an off-field maelstrom surrounding either Terry or Cole but perhaps not both at the same time.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo denied a siege mentality had set in at Stamford Bridge but right-back Ivanovic said: "Maybe the extra pressure keeps you more concentrated and focused. Maybe it's positive when you have to think like that."

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