Chelsea's 2013 side as good as 2010 - Ivanovic

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Chelsea full-back Branislav Ivanovic believes the Blues' current team is as good as the team that won the Premier League title three years ago.

The 29-year-old feels that Chelsea subsequently have a great chance of winning their first league title since 2010.

“When you change the squad and change a lot of players, you need time for the team to grow up and to become good," the Serbia international told the London Evening Standard.

“We have a different team now to the one that won the League in 2010, but maybe we have the same quality and performances (as that team) to win the League this season."

However, Ivanovic accepts that it will be tough for Chelsea to finish as Premier League champions - and believes the Blues must secure at least a point from every match this season in order to end up in pole position next May.

“We have a strong enough squad, if we stay at this level to be competitive," he continued. "To be champions and stay at the top all season, it is very important to get maximum points from every game. Sometimes it may be only a point but we have to get something from every game, especially when we are at home. We’re doing that well this season."

The Serbian, who is the Blues' first-choice right-back, also feels that Sunday's 2-1 victory over Manchester City could potentially be a huge result in the Premier League title race.

“The champions aren’t decided now, but it was so important for us to beat Manchester City because these kind of games give you confidence and extra points when you are fighting for them," Ivanovic added. "I hope it’s going to help our confidence and in the next games as well.

“It was also crucial as we lost a lot of games against Manchester City last season. It was very important for us (to change that) and we were very motivated.

“It’s a great result for us, we are believing in what we’re doing at the moment and hope to play better and better. To be honest we made some mistakes, but it is normal in this kind of game.

“We have to be focused on the table but also each game because the next one is so difficult (away at Newcastle). We haven’t played well there in the last two years so it’s going to be a great challenge for us.”

Chelsea now sit second in the table, two points behind leaders Arsenal, and will go top - at least temporarily - by securing victory away at Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime.

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