Chelsea full back Branislav Ivanovic is looking harshly on his past season performance, and in line with Roman Abramovich's high standards for the club, the defender has called for the squad to improve significantly next season.
“Personally I don't like to look back on my own season,” Ivanovic said. “Every time when you don't win a trophy it is hard and in many ways you want to forget the whole year.
“It was a hard season after the World Cup and playing in two positions, but sometimes I like to play different positions.”
The Serbia international insists that it isn’t about his personal performance so much as the team as a whole. “I don't like to speak about me personally and I think every player's success can be judged on what the team does,” Ivanovic said.
“You can have a striker who scores 50 goals in one season but if you win nothing it means nothing.
“At the same time I am very happy because we were the best defensive team in the league, I cannot say just the defenders because 11 players defend, but this is a good thing for next season, for our confidence, but we do have to improve other parts of our play.”
Ivanovic hopes that the side plays more with a team mentality under new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, in the hopes of taking back the title from Manchester United and challenging for top European honours.
“We have to play more for the team, like a team, to give opportunities to our teammates,” Ivanovic said. “We know where we made mistakes and I think we will be better and improve in the new season.”
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