The FA Community Shield

Ivanovic says Shield can set the tone for new season

Saturday 01 Aug 2015
Branoslav Ivanovic is looking forward to Chelsea's first trip to Wembley since 2012
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic sees Sunday’s FA Community Shield clash with Arsenal as an opportunity to set the tone for the new season.

The Premier League champions face The FA Cup winners at Wembley, with the start of the new campaign just a week away.

And the Serbian star knows that a victory against Arsene Wenger’s side will show the rest of the league that the Blues mean business again this season.

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"This game is the beginning of the season and it’s the chance to win something – and whenever you play for a trophy, it has a different meaning," he told the official Community Shield match programme.

"Winning this can give you a lift for the beginning of the season and we will give everything because we know it is important to start strongly. 

"You want to start with a good attitude and strong performances.

"We are all very excited because there will be pressure on us and we know that. 

"We’ll feel it much more than last year and we have got to deal with that, but we will try to do everything to be ready and answer that."

Sunday’s showpiece sees a first return to Wembley for Chelsea in three years, following their last Shield appearance in 2012.

And the 31-year-old is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with the national stadium and evoking the memories of previous successes there.

"I’ve had the opportunity to play more than a few times at Wembley and every time when you get there is a completely different feeling,” he explained. 

"The atmosphere is really something; the stadium, the history, all these things give you this special feeling.

"We can feel the support of our fans every time at Wembley and we will do everything to make this day a happy one for them and us. 

"It’s the first day of the season and it’s exciting for them because they’ve waited all summer for the football to start again.

"I hope together we will win the trophy again and make it a great day for Chelsea Football Club."

You can read the full interview with Ivanovic in the official FA Community Shield match programme. Order your copy by clicking here, or download the digital version from Apple Newsstand by clicking here.

By Nicholas Veevers