IVANOVIC'S SAY ON CHELSEA'S ARSENAL LOSS
Branislav Ivanovic feels Chelsea let their manager, Antonio Conte down with their first-half performance in the huge 3-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Arsenal which happens to be Chelsea's last defeat in England Premier League since then.
The Blues were two goals down in the count of 14 minutes following strikes from Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, while Mesut Ozil crowned it with the third goal shortly before the half-time break to put the match to convenience, and Ivanovic has acknowledged that they did not stick to Conte's game plan.
"We did not believe in what we were doing at the beginning and we were punished," the Serbian told Chelsea's official website.
"As a team we did not respond to anything the manager asked of us to do. We have to be sincere with ourselves and put more attention on the small details from him. We have to be more focused and concentrated on the game following his sideline instructions. I know it is very disappointing and it hurts all of us, but the opinion of everyone in the dressing room was in the same direction."
Ivanovic did not dispute the truth that nothing in life or in football comes easy. He believes that they always go up and down and admits that whenever they are in a difficult position they have to work hard and prepare for the next game.
Chelsea seems to have picked their best form after suffering the 3-0 defeat from Arsenal. The third goal from Ozil was the last goal conceded by Chelsea in the Premier League as Antonio Conte came up with a 3-4-3 formation which had led them to five matches with a clean sheet.
The Blues currently sit behind the league leader Liverpool with a point difference after trashing Everton 5-0 on Saturday evening.