The Case for Branislav Ivanovic to Be Chelsea's First-Choice Right-Back

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The Case for Branislav Ivanovic to Be Chelsea's First-Choice Right-Back
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It's not just the goalkeeper position where Jose Mourinho is spoiled for choice at Chelsea these days.

Throughout his squad, the Blues manager has world-class players competing for places, especially on the defensive flanks.

We saw that battle won by Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta in Chelsea's season opener against Burnley on Monday—the duo playing right-back and left-back, respectively.

As the season progresses, however, we can expect Filipe Luis to be first choice on the left, so where does that leave Azpilicueta?

Competing with Ivanovic, of course.

The Spaniard is a very talented player, but it's a battle he may well lose.

Bleacher Report looks at some of the reasons why.

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