Ivanovic: Chelsea's generation game
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Branislav Ivanovic today claimed Chelsea's FIFA World Club Cup final with Corinthians could be "the key game for this generation" at the club.

Defender Ivanovic suggested a win in Sunday's match in Yokohama would be the catalyst for a new era of success at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's UEFA Champions League triumph in May was a watershed moment for the club, having been followed by an overhaul in both personnel and playing style.

I think we are ready for that challenge.
Chelsea's Ivanovic

 

And Ivanovic said of tomorrow'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."

Ivanovic admitted Chelsea becoming the first Champions League holders to crash out of the competition before Christmas - the third trophy they have missed out on already this season - made victory Sunday even more imperative.

"It's going to be a key point for this generation because to be eliminated from the first stage of the Champions League is, for us, a little bit disappointing," he said. "We we have to work hard and how we worked hard in the past to be champions.

"Tomorrow is the one new chance to make history," he went on. "I think we are ready for that challenge."