The majority of Chelsea fans can't seem to understand what Branislav Ivanovic is doing in the team every week. Here are some of the possible reasons.
Well, that wouldn't be right considering that a player has to lead by example and right now he is far from doing that. I mean how can he blame Kurt Zouma for letting a player get past him when he is doing the same thing?
Or how can the other players look up to him when he is the weakest link in the defence? So, it's safe to say that he isn't on the pitch just to lead and even if Mourinho thinks so, then at least play him as a central defender.
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Part of a fullback's job is to send good crosses into the box but Ivanovic's crosses can't even beat the first defender which goes to show that maybe his days as a fullback are over.
Perhaps Mourinho doesn't trust Baba Rahman yet, as he still lacks Premier League experience. If that's the case, then he shouldn't have let Felipe Luis go, but the truth is, how worse can Rahman be?
The former Augsburg defender has played twice this season and Chelsea only conceded once while scoring eight. The young Ghanaian international may not have the experience and technical know-how of the game yet, but he offers a good attacking threat with his overlapping runs; he gets in good crosses and also frees up space for Eden Hazard.
Cesar Azpilicueta is more than capable of playing the right fullback position and would at least stop opposing teams from always trying to exploit that wing.
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Yes, I know this is funny, but that goes to show how weird it is that Ivanovic is still playing while John Terry sits on the bench.
From the first game of the season, Jefferson Montero embarrassed the Serbian, Raheem Sterling did the same, and just recently Yacine Brahimi joined the growing list of wingers making the powerful 31-year-old look weak and slow.
The defender has been given one too many chances to rediscover last season's form and I suspect Mourinho will start him again when Southampton come visiting this weekend.
We all love Branislav Ivanovic. He is a Chelsea legend and one cannot forget his many glorious moments in a Chelsea shirt.
But Mourinho’s philosophy is that 'no player is bigger than the team'. We hope that Ivanovic can be dropped - at least until he regains his form, for the good of the team.
I mean if players like Hazard, Terry and Nemanja Matic can be dropped, then why not Ivanovic?
Chelsea fans: Do you think Ivanovic should be dropped? How should the defence line up? Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below!