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Branislav Ivanovic backs Chelsea to win treble if they see off Tottenham

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic believes that the Blues are capable of winning the treble this season.

The Serbian also claimed that the psychological boost of beating Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final this weekend will help them do just that.

Trophies

Chelsea remain top of the Premier League with 12 games remaining. They're currently five points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City, while they secured a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

However their focus is now on playing Tottenham at Wembley this weekend as they pursue their first trophy in Jose Mourinho's second spell at Chelsea - and Ivanovic believes a win could open the floodgates.

Important

"Psychologically it’s very important," he said. "After the game we will just have the league and the Champions League to focus on, but winning this final could give us a massive psychological advantage before the last few months of the season. We need to take that and use it.

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"It’s very important not just for me but for all of us. This group of players with this manager hasn’t won a trophy yet so it’s a massive for us. The manager knows how to manage that situation. He has the experience of a lot of finals and so do we.

"A final is a completely different game from any other, so we have to expect everything and be ready for everything."

Dominant

Despite the fact that Chelsea have historically held the upper hand over Tottenham, Maurico Pochettino's side sprung a surprise and pulled off a 5-3 win over the Blues at White Hart Lane.

However they will be at a serious disadvantage when they take to the field on Sunday because of their game against Fiorentina in the Europa League tomorrow. According to reports Pochettino will keep his team in Italy until Friday in order to minimise the disruptions to his preparations.

Opinion

While Branislav Ivanovic is talking sense and the first trophy in Mourinho's second spell will be a major moment, but the fact of the matter is it won't be the difference when it comes to the other trophies, especially the Champions League.

Chelsea have been well below their best for about a month now and will be found out in Europe sooner rather than later if they carry on this way. Manchester City are hoping to pounce on any slip-ups too, just as they did at the weekend.

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