Branislav Ivanovic has warned his Chelsea team-mates Maribor will be a wounded animal in their Champions League meeting tomorrow night.

The Blues thumped the Slovenian champions 6-0 at Stamford Bidge a fortnight ago as an Eden hazard double and strikes from Loic Remy, John Terry, Didier Drogba and an own goal completed a routine victory for the Group G leaders.

Maribor proved pushovers last month but Serbian defender Ivanovic, who was addressing the media alongside Jose Mourinho, reckons it will be a different story on Wednesday and the hosts will still be hurting from their humbling in SW6.

Working up a sweat: Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during training
 

He says: “At the moment we are doing very well but it's just the beginning, we know we can't relax. We can still improve.

“'The motivation of the Maribor players will be massive. The fact we won 6-0 in London makes it harder for us tomorrow.

“It's important for us to finish the group well but tomorrow will be a difficult game. It will 100 per cent definitely be a different game. We will approach it like in London.

Dynamic duo: Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic with manager Jose Mourinho
 

"In the first game we scored at the right moment and the second goal as well, so we had a great game in the beginning and we controlled that, but Maribor had a really good part of the game when they played well.

"There are hard games on different pitches and we must learn from the past."

One player who didn’t feature for Maribor in that 6-0 hammering was defender Arghus.

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and Manchester United's Luke Shaw in action.
Tough tackler: Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and Manchester United's Luke Shaw in action.
 

The 26-year-old was an unused substitute at the Bridge and perhaps that explains his cautious optimism ahead of the reunion.

He said: "Chelsea are a big club, probably the biggest to ever come to our stadium.

"But I trust my colleagues, we believe in ourselves and we know that we can play against any team in the world.

Weighing in with goals: Branislav Ivanovic celebrates
 

"Of course Chelsea are big favourites, but they will have to beat our defence first.

"Yes, they are quick with a lot of creativity in attack. Everybody knows Chelsea - we watch them every week - so we know that they don't have any weaknesses.

"But at the same time we are not afraid of anyone."

Double act: Branislav Ivanovic celebrates with John Terry
 

Chelsea have taken a squad of 22 players to face Maribor, including a fit-again Diego Costa following his return from injury.

John Obi Mikel and Loic Remy have not travelled as they remain confined to the treatment table at the club’s Cobham training base.

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