Ivanovic seeks to win CWC for Drogba

Branislav Ivanovic on Saturday declared it was his turn to win a major title for his fallen Chelsea comrades in the Club World Cup final against Corinthians.

Didier Drogba and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea

Ivanovic insisted the Blues players would not just be competing for themselves in Yokohama on Sunday but for those stars who helped propel them to Japan and are unable to take part in the game.

The same applied in May's Champions League final, when Ivanovic was among four Chelsea stars suspended for the biggest night in the club's history.

The European champions have the chance to write a new chapter on Sunday in what has been a fairytale 2012 in every sense of the word, and Ivanovic was determined for the glory to be shared with absent friends.

They include captain John Terry - back in London nursing a knee injury, midfielder Oriol Romeu - cruelly ruled out for the rest of the season this week, and even Didier Drogba - whose last kick for the club secured the ultimate prize.

Ivanovic said: "This is my chance.

"This is very, very important for all of us and this win would also be for the guys who can't be with us because of injury, like JT, Romeu, and guys like Didier who left the club in June.

"If we win, we win for all of us - every part of the club and the history - and I hope we are going to be successful."

The 28-year-old added of his Champions League heartache: "I can be a little bit more happy here than before when I couldn't help the team like the other players who didn't play."

Ivanovic, Terry, Ramires and Raul Meireles were all banned in Munich after falling foul of Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir in their astonishing semi-final second leg at Barcelona.

By some bizarre twist of fate, Cakir was last night appointed to oversee Sunday's Club World Cup showpiece.

Ivanovic was famously unaware his booking had cost him a place in the Champions League final until being informed about it during a post-match television interview.

He would not be drawn on Cakir's appointment for Sunday's match but did say: "I would always change the medal for the final."

He added: "After the Barcelona game until the Champions League final, there was a lot of things going through my head.

"I just had to be professional, focused on the training, motivated myself to help my team-mates to feel better and prepare for the game better.

"After the final, I quickly forgot this period from the semi-final to the final."

Asked if winning the Club World Cup would make up for missing Munich, Ivanovic said: "Maybe in one part.

"But this is a completely different competition, a completely different feeling."

But it would help make up for Chelsea crashing out of this season's Champions League, becoming the first holders to do so before Christmas.

Ivanovic said: "We are here, everybody, to make history, especially in this moment when we have huge motivation after being eliminated from the Champions League."

Indeed, he left no doubt about the importance of Sunday's final, claiming it could be "the key game for this generation" of Chelsea players.

Ivanovic declared victory would prove the current squad have what it takes to build upon the most glittering era in the Blues' history.

The summer overhaul of playing staff and style at Stamford Bridge has so far failed to yield any silverware, with Chelsea having missed out on three trophies already this season, as well as slipping well off the pace in the Barclays Premier League.

Roberto Di Matteo paid with his job and Ivanovic insisted it was time for the Blues' new breed to live up to the standards of their predecessors.

He said of Sunday's world-title decider: "For us, this is maybe the key game for this generation.

"We know how we have to play the final and we know that it's going to be tough. So, we have to be ready."

The Club World Cup has been cast somewhat as an ugly sister to the Champions League.

But Ivanovic said: I think this is one of the biggest chances we have in our lives, what we have at the moment.

"So we have to try to do everything to take it.

"We know why we came all the way here."



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