Is Nemanja Matic the Premier League's Best Holding Midfielder?

Is Nemanja Matic the Premier League's Best Holding Midfielder?

The international break is upon us and so we have no more Premier League football to look forward to for another week. At just under three months in duration so far, the Premier League campaign is still in its early stage but even now we can see that Chelsea are going to be the team to beat this season. Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have been winning all the plaudits so far but it is fair to say, in my …
The Steel in Chelsea's Midfield: Nemanja Matic | Stats Profile

The Steel in Chelsea's Midfield: Nemanja Matic | Stats Profile

Chelsea must be regretting their decision of letting their Serbian midfielder go to Benfica back in 2011, because now Nemanja Matic is a crucial part of their midfield, breaking up play, reading the game and with the ability of picking a pass, the ex-Benfica player is the complete midfielder Jose Mourinho desperately needed. It is estimated that Chelsea lost £17m on buying back Matic (arrived in January for £22m/€25m) - not smart business, but it was an acquisition that was required …
Nemanja Matic - The Growing Influence

Nemanja Matic - The Growing Influence

Chelsea's best period came arguably in the era of Mourinho-I. What set that team apart from all the others in the world was the sheer quality of that team's midfield. That midfield, comprising of Lampard, Ballack, Essien and Makelele, with Mikel, Diarra and Geremi chipping in, was strong enough to bulldoze a dozen oxen off the field, silken enough to make a saree feel shy and efficient enough to make Carnot engines look like sloths. High, reveling in their success, …
Nemanja Matić vs Manchester City | Player Performance Analysis

Nemanja Matić vs Manchester City | Player Performance Analysis

Nemanja Matić was one of the best players on the pitch when Chelsea finally ended Manchester City’s dominant home form with a gritty 1-0 on Monday Night Football. The Serbian put in a fantastic shift full of energy, power and steel. Chelsea’s midfield was key in their defeat of Man City with Ramires, Matić and Luiz dominating the usually amazing Sky Blue midfield. Couple this with Mourinho’s tactical ability when it comes grinding out good away day results and the …