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Branislav Ivanovic: Why winning the Capital One Cup is so important


Defender Branislav Ivanovic believes winning the Capital One Cup would give Chelsea a huge psychological boost ahead of the last part of the season.

The Blues suffered a shock fourth-round exit to League One Bradford City in the FA Cup but are still in contention to win three trophies this season.

And the 31-year-old says every element in Jose Mourinho's squad is eagerly awaiting Sunday's kick off.

"We know what we have to do," Ivanovic told the club's official website.

"It's definitely going to be a very tough game but we are ready and we are looking forward to it. We want it.

"You have this special feeling inside you when a final is coming and we all want the game to start right now.

"I think our team like to play these kinds of games. Everyone at this club knows how to play finals. Footballers want to play finals, footballers want to win trophies. That's why we are here.

"Psychologically it’s very important [because] 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.

"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."

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