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Ivanovic: Pressure firmly on slick City


Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea.  Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images

BRANISLAV IVANOVIC believes Chelsea are ready and capable of stopping the Manchester City juggernaut as they prepare to travel to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League and FA Cup.

Oscar's delightful free-kick earned a 1-0 win over Stoke on Sunday to set up an FA Cup fifth-round tie with City, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's favourites for the Premier League title.

Mourinho thinks City, who are in contention for an unprecedented quadruple, have it all to lose after their investments in recent seasons.

But his Chelsea side are in a position to pressurise City, who put their 100 per cent Premier League home record on the line against Chelsea on February 3.

Ivanovic agrees with his manager that City, and not Chelsea, are the ones under pressure: "Manchester City are playing great football, especially at home," Ivanovic said.

"They must feel pressure. When you know a big game is coming up and you know you're playing at home and must win, it's a different kind of feeling and preparation for the game. We must use that (against them)."



West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has announced he wants to stay with the club for the rest of the season.

The Football Association has charged the Frenchman over his controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration against West Ham on December 28, alleging he made an abusive, indecent, insulting or improper gesture.

Anelka faces a minimum five-match ban if found guilty but writing on Twitter yesterday, he made it clear he does not want to leave Albion – in the current transfer window at least.

"But the question is why should I leave my club & England? I'm happy here & I did nothing wrong... So now it's time to stay focus on my football with my club & I will try my best on the pitch like I always do!"