Nemanja Matic has been particularly impressive for the Blues this season.
There are plenty of Chelsea players who could be considered for the club’s ‘player of the season so far’ award after the Blues have enjoyed a lightning quick start to the campaign both in the Premier League and continental competition, but one name that would come up more than most is Nemanja Matic, with the former Benfica star having been imperious in the defensive midfield position.
It is not just onlookers who have been impressed by the impact that Matic has had since he returned to the club from the Estadio da Luz, however, with captain John Terry lavishing praise on the Serbian international and comparing him to Claude Makelele, who was the holding midfielder during the club’s hugely successful spell under Jose Mourinho the first time around.
Mourinho paid a huge sum to bring the powerful Matic back to Stamford Bridge in January, but the club’s huge outlay has been justified as Matic has formed an impressive partnership with Cesc Fabregas, and Terry has been particularly impressed by his teammate’s displays according to the Express:
“When I look back at the days when I first came here, you had Claude Makelele, who was the master in that position.”
“Matic is the closest thing we’ve got to Makelele and he’s doing great for the team.”
“At Newcastle, we missed him. But John Obi Mikel has come in and done brilliantly and that shows our strength in depth.”
As suggested by Terry, Matic was missing through suspension for Chelsea’s one competitive defeat so far this season, with John Obi Mikel failing to do the same shielding job for his team as the Blues were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.