Belfast Telegraph

Chelsea ready to walk the walk, says Ivanovic

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic insists the Blues must back up their words with actions when bidding to win the Champions League.

Serbian Ivanovic, who scored the late winner in their Barclays Premier League win over Blackburn last Saturday, is steeling himself for tonight's Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea won the first match by 2-0 in Moscow a fortnight ago to leave them three points clear of the Russians at the top of Group F.

A win tonight would make qualification for the knockout stages a certainty and with Marseille (away) and MSK Zilina (home) to come, it would also make them favourites to finish top.

But Ivanovic is wary of talking up their hopes of winning the crown at Wembley in May as they look for a fourth straight win in this year's competition.

“Everyone in this club is thinking only of Chelsea and to give to this club success so we can try and win trophies,” said Ivanovic.

“We have a good enough squad to win this but we have to show this on the pitch and not just say it.

“It is an important competition and everyone has in their mind to try and win but it is very difficult to play every game at the same level.

“You play the teams from Europe, from other countries and you have to be ready for every team.

“I like to go step-by-step. Now if you think about the final you will never get to the final, you have to go step-by-step.”

Meanwhile former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady insists he has nothing to prove to Scottish fans after admitting his move to Spartak Moscow was surrounded in negativity.

McGeady's move to Moscow from the Glasgow giants for £9.5 million last summer was something of a surprise to many pundits and the winger revealed there was a lot of negativity when he opted to make the switch.

“People said it was too far away to move to, that the league was too different and it was a different culture,” says McGeady.

“But none of those things have affected me and I have no regrets about the move in the three months I've been there.

“I think I am playing in a better league with the exposure of Champions League football.”

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