Chelsea’s brutal defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic has refused to rule out the possibility of the Blues capturing a historic quadruple by the end of the season.
Matic has been lauded for his exceptional display against Stoke City yesterday, which saw him play an integral role as the Stamford Bridge club managed a 2-0 win.
That win has put Chelsea into pole position heading into the festive period, with the Blues leading nearest rivals Manchester City by three points.
Matic has emerged as one of the world’s finest defensive midfielders since his return to Chelsea last January, when they bought him back from Benfica.
His displays this season have been even more exceptional than they were last campaign, and he is believed to have played a huge part as Chelsea have stormed to the top of the table.
While manager Jose Mourinho has refused to discuss the idea of winning all four competitions, Matic is more willing to admit the possibility.
Matic said: “I think it’s possible. We have a chance so it’s possible. I don’t want to say that we’re going to but we’re certainly going to try.
“We have quality but also other teams are strong. I am confident. I believe in my team and my team-mates, so everything is possible.”
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Last night’s display against Schalke spoke for a Chelsea side at the top of their game.
The 5-0 victory, away from home, against Roberto Di Matteo’s new team, was the absolute epitome of everything Jose Mourinho has been building since he took charge of Chelsea again last summer.
Unlike other teams in the Mourinho mould, his Chelsea side have graft and beauty in equal measure.
They now head into December, assuming they can manage the next game, undefeated in all competitions and with only one draw in the Premier League, which came away from home against last season’s champions Manchester City, showing the extent to which they are the top dogs in the English top flight.
Here’s why they’ve been so good:
1. Nemanja Matic
Brought back from Benfica for £21 million last January, Matic is the platform on which Chelsea play. He’s a dominating figure in the middle of the park and offers a shield for the back and talent going forward.
Bringing back Matic was arguably Mourinho’s best decision since his return.
2. Cesc Fabregas
An Arsenal hero, yes, but Fabregas will undoubtedly go on to make a bigger impact at Chelsea than he did with the north London side.
He offers creative flair alongside Matic, and the two in tandem are comfortably one of the stronger midfield pairings in the league.
3. Eden Hazard
This is an obvious one, but it’s staggering to think of how good Hazard has actually been this season. He’s scored more than 1 in 3, provides more than two chances a game for his teammates and completes 65.26% of his take ons, with the highest number in the league at 62 take ons.
He’s a genuine star and any team would be lucky to have him.
4. Diego Costa
Diego Costa looks like he eats bullets for breakfast and gunpowder for lunch, then tops it off with a lit match for dinner. He’s a brutal striker, one who scares defenders and backs it up with goal after goal.
He has 11 goals in only 10 games in the Premier League – what more could you ask for from a striker?
5. The Defence And Courtois
Mourinho’s sides are famed for their ability to keep out the opposition, but with more attacking drive in the team this could have fallen by the wayside.
It is to the credit of the defence and Thibaut Courtois, freshly returned from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid, that this has not happened. Courtois often displays moments of individual shot stopping brilliance when it looks inevitable that an opponent will score.
This is, in part, why Chelsea have the second best defensive record in the league, behind only surprise package Southampton. They’ve conceded only 11 goals.