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Branislav Ivanovic played the entire 90 minutes against MLS All-Stars
Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic is delighted to have put 90 minutes under his belt, despite defeat to the MLS All-Stars in a pre-season friendly.
The Serbian was the first member of the squad to complete a full game but the Blues were beaten 3-2 after a late goal from Eddie Johnson.
“It was a good challenge to play 90 minutes to see what is our level at this moment,” Ivanovic said.
“This is very important for this period of the pre-season, to know how your fitness is.
“I was the first player to play a whole game because I started the pre-season from the beginning and the other guys train for a less period than me now.
“It was a good opportunity to play 90 minutes and the game was quite high intensity which we are looking for at this moment.”