MOTIVATION DISCUSSED IN NEW MAGAZINE

Branislav Ivanovic is the face of this month's Chelsea magazine, once again jam-packed with all the features you need for the perfect start to the year.

Inside, the defender discusses what it is that makes a top player tick, and how he motivates himself from day to day.

Despite identifying similarities between last season and the current campaign, the 28-year-old believes we must only focus on the present if we are to achieve our future goals.

'We have to forget about last season; I understand it can be a good example for us, but it's a completely different situation this year. We have to be strong and do everything to get the maximum out of this season.

'We didn't start this season as well as we expected, but what's important is how you finish. We are only halfway through and we have to look forward.'

After a December that saw us play nine matches, and Ivanovic featured in all of them, the defender believes having to move on quickly after success or defeat is a key facet in any elite professional.

'This is one of the good and bad sides of football,' he explains. 'When you win, you want to live in that moment forever, but it's not going to be like that so you have to change your mind quickly and think about the next game. That's why it can also be a good thing, because if you lose, after a couple of days you have a new game to think about and to try to win.

'We play every three days for a lot of the season and the middle part is a very busy time. Things in the league can change every time and we try to do everything to stay focused on taking points from every game, first of all, and then to do our best to close the gap on the teams above us.'

Elsewhere in Chelsea, the past calendar year is reviewed fondly and Fernando Torres shares his Football Men, the figures who have helped shape a career that has brought the highest success at both international and club level.

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As well as nods to youth coaches, managers and former team-mates, the striker also pays tribute to Yossi Benayoun, who has helped him settle to life at both Liverpool and Stamford Bridge.

Going back in time, the great Charlie Cooke discusses his time in SW6 as well as life in America, where he has lived for around 30 years, and we also examine the legacy of former Chelsea manager Dave Sexton, who sadly passed away in November 2012.

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There is a look to the future with Academy goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney, and we of course revisit last month's Japanese adventure, wrapping up all the news and reviews from the last month at Stamford Bridge.


The latest edition of Chelsea is on sale now and available from all good newsagents and the Megastore, priced at £3.25.