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Nemanja Matic- The Spider's Web

Nemanja Matic- The Spider's Web

Nemanja Matic made his full debut for Chelsea yesterday in our 1-0 win at home to Stoke City in the FA Cup. Deployed in the holding midfield role by Mourinho, he acted as a sweeper in the midfield and added another dimension to our game. His defensive discipline allows players like Lampard and Ramires to roam further forward without fear of being caught out. Matic is good in the tackle and has a great eye for the game, putting a halt to several dangerous looking Stoke attacks.

Having said that, his distribution was a tale of two halves. He obviously understands the importance of the short pass and will play it with accuracy [89% pass completion] but the few times he attempted something slightly more long range, he appeared to over-do it. Obviously, there would have been nerves to compensate for yesterday but we need a player in the middle of the park who can pick a pass from all areas of the pitch.

I liken his domination of the middle of the park to a spider`s web. On the basis of his nickname, 'The Spider`, he controlled the tempo in and around the middle of the pitch and was a welcome sight pitted against the huge Stoke midfielders. He`s a superb tackler, aided by his mile long legs, and he`s strong on the ball. He was caught out a few times by the sudden change in pace and lost his footing on a number of occasions but that is a factor that he`ll adapt to. The Portuguese league is a very different animal to the Premier League!

I liked Matic yesterday. He brought another dimension to the team with his power and resilience in the middle and he is certainly an upgrade on Mikel. He provides more security for our back line and allows the more attacking minded players [Oscar, Lampard etc.] to go forward. I think his purchase will result in the departure of either Lampard, Luiz or Mikel though. Personally, I think Lampard has another season in him and Mikel is a good replacement for Matic so you`d have to look to Luiz. The Brazilian actually played quite well yesterday in the centre of defence but I still can`t stop myself cringing whenever he has the ball.

What do you think? Did you rate Matic`s performance yesterday? Can you envisage him becoming essential to Jose`s game plan?

Matic is not yet the finished article, be under no illusion. He has to adapt to the speed of the English game and his marauding runs from deep didn`t really come to fruition yesterday. Nonetheless, he has all the attributes to succeed in our team and I can see the Spider`s web becoming the dominant force in many games to come.
Up the Blues!

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Date:Monday January 27 2014
Time: 9:09AM


For his performance i give a an 8/10.
27/01/2014 09:25:00
Excellent analysis. My 2 cents. He was very good and allowed lampard to go forward. His play is quick but got tired in 2nd half. He has to work on his fitness especially cardio to be a more complete player.
Blue India
27/01/2014 09:25:00
MOTM for me. For a 1st start at Chelsea football club I think he was superb. He she missed placed a couple of passes but for what he brought to the centre of the pitch I will forgive him that. This is what cfc have be yearning out for, for years! He should give this team the stability to now kick on. He is like an insurance policy for the rest of the team. They know if there out of position or attacking over zealously then they know Matic will be there to cover. Good performance from the new boy.
27/01/2014 09:44:00
matic did very well yesterday considering it was his first came. he will get get better and better. a good addition to the squad. bring on the city of manchester lol
27/01/2014 09:45:00
I too think he was good n he'l only become better with moere was good test against stoke.
27/01/2014 10:00:00
27/01/2014 10:02:00
too early to call.
johnny come lately
27/01/2014 10:03:00
He played a good game yesterday and I personally hope that he could help to bring stability to the team in the long run. We could now try out Mikel in the advance position and decide his fate during summer. We have another jewel recuperating in Valencia (Orial Romeu) and based on what I read, he is doing well there... With him along side Matic in tough away game we have two DM who are quick on the ball to launch counter attack via Hazard, Willian and Salah....
27/01/2014 10:05:00
He can even drop back into defence if Luiz wants to bring the ball out from the back.
27/01/2014 10:14:00
very promising start. Looks like he could be a very important part of the team for years to come. Its all coming together.
27/01/2014 10:19:00
Lampard has another season in him? There are lots of players better than him out there. Matic is a left footed Mikel. Same player.
27/01/2014 10:32:00
Diego costa rumours to cfc every day!
27/01/2014 11:25:00
FINALLY we have got an autoMATIC starter in the dm role in doing so we hv got our MA-ZAR-CA back!!!!
27/01/2014 11:55:00
Lampard or Mikel should be the ones to make way. Marco Van Ginkel will soon return from injury. Romeu will comeback from his loan at Valencia and most important point- luiz is a CB not a DM,so he stays as JT's replacement. I'd choose Lampard to make way as this or next season could be his last as a Chelsea Player.#cfc
27/01/2014 12:17:00
Promising start and hope more to come. #ktbffh
27/01/2014 12:19:00
@ foreign viewer-I believe Lamps has another season in him, please not forget that he is a true Chelsea legend. I'm sorry but you are not a Chelsea "supporter" but someone, that for what ever reason, has decided to "follow" this club that I love. A true supporter supports, not constantly belittles everything and has not got a good word to say even when praise is due. Theres nothing wrong with constructive criticism as long as it is tempered with a positive attitude but, as far as I can tell, all I get from you is constant sarcasm and a doom and gloom attitude. I've been a supporter of this great club since I was 11 years old (1975-76 season) and I have not come across such a pessimistic person than you, not even when we almost got relegated to the old 3rd division. I'm sorry but I don't think this club needs or deserves people like you as followers. Please go follow someone else. There are much better clubs out there for you to pick on, maybe Man U is more your style? They do have that amazing legend you seem to love so much Mata. And I don't care if roman army feels he needs to report me for abuse hehehehehehehe as I am only saying what a deem to be true.
27/01/2014 12:30:00
The past is gone. Lampard's time was last decade. He's not a top player any more. If Mourinho were fair he would be as ruthless with Lampard as he was with Casillas (goalkeeper, younger than Lampard, CL, Euro, World cup winner etc).
27/01/2014 12:49:00
Lamps has still got a lot to offer, maybe not as a starter as he used to be week in week out, but you need his kind of experience in your in your squad. And I don't care, or even know, what Jose did at his other clubs as I'm not a jose FC supporter I'm a Chelsea FC supporter. And please either start supporting Chelsea or leave, we don't need people like you as hanger ons.
27/01/2014 13:08:00
Well someone told me there are only 2 dms in the world. Pirlo n yaya. So Matic is not the answer coz he is not a dm . LOL!
Blue Krusaders
27/01/2014 13:21:00
Matic is a terrific signing and was very impressive yesterday.He seems to win the ball so easily and then lays it off quickly.Lamps is still in good form and there's at least another season in him.He was so unlucky not to score when he arrived in the six yard box and then later chested the ball and hit a superb shot that brought a great save from the keeper.Luiz played ok but he loses his man too easily.If Crouch was on his game he would have scored when he got across Luiz at the near post and headed wide.I believe he should be sold and replaced with a proper defender.We are so fortunate that Cahill is playing out of his skin all season and been fantastic in most games.
27/01/2014 13:56:00
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