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Neville: Matic sale to Man Utd could cost Chelsea the league

11 Agosto 2017

Antonio Conte led the Blues to a record 30 wins from 38 matches in the competition last season as well as a final tally of 93 points, the second-highest in the Premier League era.

"The importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team, but sometimes you must accept this crazy transfer market".

Matic was sold to Manchester United for a £40m fee and the Serb will undoubtedly strengthen the spine of Jose Mourinho's side as they bid to contend for the Premier League title. "It is hard to leave Madrid but it is not so hard when you come to a club like Chelsea", he said.

The Stamford Bridge outfit also have the added demands of the Champions League following last year's absence from European football, with Conte fearing his squad is too thin to cope after selling Nemanja Matic to Manchester United. He is very driven, he is tactically aware and you can see his personality on the sidelines. "I think I was very clear; it's not important to repeat it". The choice of wording is something we all analyse a lot and I do understand what he's saying. "But he is a great loss for us".

The striker then dons a multi-coloured wig, much to the children's enjoyment, and again begins to rock out. None of the many, many managers employed in the reign of Roman Abramovich, the monied owner of the London club, has shown quite such a gift for alchemy. He needs this year to kick on and Matic arriving at the club has to help him. Within the last month Chelsea had two other midfielders: Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Conte has lost some of his squad players this summer including Nathan Ake and Kurt Zouma and is looking for more arrivals. People will be trying to work out how they are going to play against us. Morata comes in from Real Madrid, who only a year ago bought him back from the Juventus he had joined from Madrid in 2014, thinking Conte would be his manager there; as it happened Conte left Juve suddenly, to take on the job as Italy manager. No wonder the Italian coach cuts a frustrated figure heading into the start of Chelsea's Premier League title defense.

Neville: Matic sale to Man Utd could cost Chelsea the league