Unconsciously, Ivanovic has been away from Chelsea for three years, but the memories of that departure are still sad for Ivan: "To be honest, that was the most important part of my entire career and even in my life. Depressed moment. "
The time goes back to February 2017, when the Blues under Conte were invincible and were moving towards the Premier League champion step by step. Chelsea's success is due to Conte's transformation of the team's usual four-back formation to 3-4-3, but this formation change also lost Ivanovic's position, which also left the blue in the winter window * *** will join Zenit in St. Petersburg.
"When Conti first came to the team, we had a good start, but then we lost a few games, so he changed the formation and since then I have never gotten a chance to play. Ivan said, "I chose to leave because I didn't want to sit idle on the bench at the age of 32. I think I can still play in a high-level league, so I decided to leave. Chelsea. "
Such an ending is a bit cruel for Ivan. The right-wing Celestial dedication to Chelsea's 9 best career careers has also made him a legend of the Blues. After leaving the Blues, Ivan still shines in European football. Last season, as the captain of St. Petersburg Zenit, he led the team to the Russian Super League championship. This season Zenit is still focusing on defending the league title, and whether in the Russian Super League or the Champions League stage, 35-year-old Ivan is an indispensable member of Zenit.
Although Ivan spent two seasons with Lokomotiv Moscow before joining Chelsea in 2008, this return to Russia seems to have given Ivan a different surprise. "Moscow is big, and St. Petersburg is like an open-air museum. The two are completely different. Everything in St. Petersburg is great. I have a great time here."
Ivan and former Blues friend Zhirkov renew their front at Zenit
Although far away from Russia, Ivanovic often pays close attention to his old Chelsea game. If he cannot watch the live broadcast due to time conflict, he will also watch the highlights later. In an hour's interview, it is not difficult to see that the journey of following the Blues to win all the domestic championships in England and the two Champions League trophies has brought great joy to Ivan.