Ivanovic rarely lets Chelsea down
Ivanovic rarely lets Chelsea down.

Champions League: Semi-final XI's head-to-head (4)

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David Alaba v Branislav Ivanovic

The third straight pick from Bayern goes up against the second defensive pick from Chelsea - which probably tells you a lot about the strongest teams defensively.

Ivanovic is that rarest of things - a full-back who can genuinely defend and not just bomb forward. Alaba has been a real surprise in recent seasons and can seriously cover the ground - indeed the Austrian is the third hardest worker having ran over 115,000 metres in the Champions League.


We're going to give this one to Ivanovic because of his more accomplished all-round game - plus the fact that he chips in with some important goals.

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