Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the Champions League season on Tuesday night, falling 2-1 to Portuguese giants Porto at the Estadio Dragao.
With Chelsea’s poor domestic form still haunting them, Jose Mourinho made a number of changes to his side for the game, dropping the likes of Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic and Oscar, whilst John Terry continued on the bench,
However, for all the underperforming players, there is one who has been the worst of the lot - Branislav Ivanovic.
The Serbian full-back, a central part of Chelsea’s recent successes, has looked completely off his game this season, but he continues to be selected by Jose Mourinho - and was even made captain yesterday.
There is no apparent reason for his continued inclusion, and his performance against Porto did nothing to prove he deserved to be playing.
He was dribbled past for the opening goal, whilst his mistimed clearance allowed Porto to win the corner which led to the second goal, whilst he only won one of 10 attempted tackles, and failed to win a single aerial duel.
Ivanovic, 31, also misplaced 10 passes, and failed to play a single successful cross, with the loss to Porto showing all the weaknesses that have defined his season..
Following the defeat, Chelsea fans took to Twitter to complain about Mourinho continuing to select Ivanovic, saying that he has now been used far too much this season when considering all of his weaknesses.
Ivanovic should be told to not cross it in, he has been dreadful— Jake (@JakeToepel) September 29, 2015
The mistake in the team was Ivanovic, he was so dreadful. it hurts watching him defend honestly! #CFC— Mr. Blue (@Kooljoe16) September 29, 2015
Ivanovic has been absolutely dreadful this season. Struggles with the basics like tackling and passing.— Daniel Richardson (@DanielRichards0) September 29, 2015
Maureen stubbornly leaves Ivanovic in the team every match. He's the cause of Chelsea's goals— Duzie (@Duzzisantos) September 30, 2015
Ivanovic was a major loop hole in chelsea defence. Hope he gets back in form.— oghenerobor tutumor (@robor42011) September 30, 2015
"The 'no untouchables' rule doesn't seem to apply to Branislav Ivanovic, yet he was a mess against a slippery Yacine Brahimi last night"— Omoleye Mohammed (@leyetop) September 30, 2015
I'm tired of Mourinho's excuses, he needs to drop Ivanovic!!!— Nkululeko (@MRNkuley) September 30, 2015
Soo tired of hearing mou slam defensive errors yet keeps playing Ivanovic for 90mins. A skipper that can't open his mouth— Xßëë (@BakaXbee) September 30, 2015
I'm really sad for Begovic, all his efforts get thrown out the window by Ivanovic!— FUEGO (@EL_DEINO) September 30, 2015
After a miserable show yesterday and a a very very long night I have decided to never watch a Chelsea game in which Ivanovic starts— Awais (@fabregasesque) September 30, 2015