Chelsea rule Matic, Diego Costa out of pre-season tour

Matic and Costa

Nemanja Matic will join Diego Costa in sitting out Chelsea’s pre-season tour to China and Singapore next week as the pair attempt to seal their exits from Stamford Bridge, according to The Independent. The move to leave Matic off the list of players he is preparing to take on tour is a clear sign that…

Manchester United deny having agreement with Nemanja Matic

Nemanja Matic

Manchester United say they have not agreed personal terms with Chelsea star Nemanja Matic. Matic, 28, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford with Jose Mourinho apparently keen on securing a reunion with him. The Serbia international looks destined to leave Chelsea this summer with Antonio Conte closing in on the signing…

Antonio Conte admits selection headache over Fabregas, Matic

Matic and Fabregas

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits he has a tough decision to make between the “fantasy” of Cesc Fabregas and physical power of Nemanja Matic. The duo are competing for one spot to play in Chelsea’s midfield, next to N’Golo Kante. Matic was a regular for most of the campaign, but Fabregas has featured a lot…

Chelsea set to offer Nemanja Matic new contract

Nemanja Matic and Antonio Conte

Chelsea are set to open talks with midfield enforcer Nemanja Matic over a new contract this summer. According to the Mirror, the Blues ‘ boss Antonio Conte sees the 28-year-old as an important part of his plans, despite targeting reinforcements ahead of next season. Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie of Atalanta are both on…

Costa hands Chelsea 11th straight win (Match Report)

Matic and Costa

Chelsea recorded a club record 11th consecutive Premier League win with a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace. Diego Costa’s league-leading 13th goal of the campaign two minutes before half-time was enough to extend the Blues’ lead at the top of the table to nine points. In the previous seasons when Chelsea topped the table at…

Kante identifies key factor 3-4-3 formation has been successful at Chelsea

N'Golo Kante

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has identified the understanding between him and Nemanja Matic as the key behind their success in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation. Chelsea’s title credentials were questioned after they lost back-to-back games against Liverpool and Arsenal in September but have been flawless since Conte’s tactical tweak. The Blues have won five consecutive top-flight games…