The standard recently wrote about Ivanovic’s winner against Aston Villa, which ended Mourinho’s hodoo at Villa Park, could be his most-important goal. We, frankly, disagree about THE most important part and have compiled a list of his most important goals during his Chelsea career. Here is the list in no specific order.
The winner against Liverpool in Capital One Cup Semifinal – 27 January 2015
The rivalry of Chelsea and Liverpool has come to the fore during the past decade. With fans from both sides absolutely unable to stand each other, the win means even more. As the match headed into extra time, Chelsea needed to hold on for 30 minutes to make their away goal count. But Ivanovic had other ideas. The big Serbian, unmarked in the box, headed past the helpless Mignolet to send the home support into raptures.
That goal against Manchester City – 3rd February 2014
City were on a run of 11 home wins (100% home record) and with an aura of invincibility around them. Teams were rolling over even before the start of the match. So it was up to Chelsea to breathe life into their title campaign by upsetting the City side in their own backyard.
In a classic Jose Mourinho performance, Chelsea decimated the City side on the counter hitting the frame of the goal a stupendous three times but it was Chelsea’s right-back who scored the solitary goal of the match with a brilliant left-footed strike from just outside the box. It completely changed the dynamics of title race, giving other teams belief that City could be beaten.
The Europa league winner -15 May 2013
The final was inching towards extra-time against Benfica with a severely fatigued Chelsea side further depleted by injuries. Benfica had the momentum with them with Oscar Cardozo scoring the equalizer. Chelsea won a corner in the injury time and it was the Serbian who rose majestically to score a looping header into far post. And with that, Chelsea had won the Europa League.
The winner against Napoli on the way to the Champions League – 13 March 2012
Chelsea lost 1-3 against Napoli in the away leg. The erstwhile Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas paid the price with his job and Roberto Di Matteo was elevated to the manager post till the end of the season. Managing his first match in the Europe’s elite competition, Di Matteo had a mountain to climb.
Chelsea made full use of the home advantage and raced to a 2-0 lead. But then disaster struck as Napoli secured the important away goal through Gokhan Inler. It was Ivanovic who then won the penalty duly converted by Lampard to level the scores on an aggregate of 4-4. As both sides looked for the winner in the extra-time, it was the man of the moment Branislav Ivanovic who fired past the Napoli goalkeeper from 12 yards to send Chelsea through. What happened after, is part of the Chelsea history.