Brainslav Ivanovic will play as RB, says Mourinho

We raised this question of positions recently in another article.

Mourinho had following to say as reported by DailyMail

I know Ivanovic is very comfortable in the centre but I see him  and Cesar Azpilicueta as our two right backs. Our defensive group will be good.

So this pretty much confirms that Tomas Kalas will be the CB backup this season. And Iva will fill the role in any emergencies only. Maybe when next season Wallace returns from loan, the equation may change.

This also implies that Azpi will have play second fiddle to Iva atleast for the start of the season.

Mourinho also said that he saw Luiz as CB which is something everybody knows!

Mourinho sees Kalas as a Centre Back!

We raised this question of positions recently in another article.

Talking about Brazilian RB Wallace, Mourinho had following to say,

He is a good player but he won’t be staying with us because we have [Branislav] Ivanovic and [Cesar] Azpilicueta for the same position and he’s also non-EC so we’ll not get the visa. It will be too early, so he’ll go on loan for a season.

Interestingly, Mourinho skips Kalas here. Tomas Kalas is better suited to CB role and it will be great if he played at that role only. Although he did play the majority of the last season at RB position at Vitesse. His style is similar to that of Luiz but I will reserve any judgements here until I see some of his performances in the Premiere League. Although I can’t see him partnering Luiz often.

So will Iva will be played ahead of Azpi at RB or has Mou simply not made his mind yet? Only time will tell!