When Nemanja Matic arrived from Benfica he was hailed as our midfield saviour.
Ever since the Makelele and Essien days we had lacked a powerful midfield destroyer who could dominate the middle of the pitch; Matic was just that kind of player.
Thanks to his exploits, we managed to win the Premier League under Jose Mourinho’s reign. During this time Matic was regarded as the best Defensive Midfielder in Europe which was quite a feat. It was all rainbows and butterflies till it lasted until something changed last year. The Spiderbeast lost his form and so did the team.
Although, we did manage to redeem ourselves just a bit under Guus Hiddink in the second half of the season, the Serbian was done and dusted as Jon Obi Mikel displaced him in the midfield.
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