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On 19. 8. 2016 at 6:58 PM, MrExcalibur100 said:

I hope he'll shut a lot of mouths this season. I can't believe the amount of criticism he's gotten from Chelsea fans in a season were most of our players underperformed. You'll think a player like Matic will at least get the benefit of the doubt from some of his past performances. It wasn't that long ago he was arguably our 2nd best player behind Hazard. 

I realy hope he gets back, but he looks so slow these days and even less mobile than Cesc. Whatever happened to him, he lost his physical and defending atributes.

I would give him another season and see what happens.

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Think it's time to be honest.

2014 Matic - form of his life

2015 Matic - probably the true Matic (good player, not world-class or elite)

2016 Matic - out of form

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5 hours ago, DYC. said:

Think it's time to be honest.

2014 Matic - form of his life

2015 Matic - probably the true Matic (good player, not world-class or elite)

2016 Matic - out of form

Yeah. My fears are becoming true. Don't think we should rely on him much anymore. He still has this season to prove everyone wrong but he isn't showing anything promising just yet. 

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Yeah. My fears are becoming true. Don't think we should rely on him much anymore. He still has this season to prove everyone wrong but he isn't showing anything promising just yet. 

Like you said I'm desperate to be proven wrong but unfortunately the chance is pretty slim because he has been doing the very basics in a ridiculously poor fashion. He looked like someone just started to learn how to play footy no kidding.

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He looks so useless and dwells on the ball so much that Mikel would be proud (Nemanja chose bad tuitor for that when he has Cesc nearby).

I really want to believe in ressurection but so far so bad. He takes baby steps. The time when he tackled successively most balls that he went for and released the ball forward within a second are long gone. Seems like would never exist.

Just half joking in saying that he should be loaned to Sporting to his mentor Jorge Jesus to learn how to play football again.

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I really think we should cut him some slack. I think he has improved distinctively from his form of last season and year. Yes he has been outshone by the far more talented Kante  but he has made more tackles than his pivot partner, created more chances and looked a bit more like his imperious vintage form esp vs WHam. I particularly like those dynamic tackles when he just somehow steals the ball with his long legs and thereby co times his attacking runs. Yes he is offensively shit which is why I do not think he should be employed in that box to box role but defensively has been solid enough to vindicate his selection. Esp vs WHam he and Knte completely shut em out giving us an almighty dominance in midfield.

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2 hours ago, Magic Lamps said:

I really think we should cut him some slack. I think he has improved distinctively from his form of last season and year. Yes he has been outshone by the far more talented Kante  but he has made more tackles than his pivot partner, created more chances and looked a bit more like his imperious vintage form esp vs WHam. I particularly like those dynamic tackles when he just somehow steals the ball with his long legs and thereby co times his attacking runs. Yes he is offensively shit which is why I do not think he should be employed in that box to box role but defensively has been solid enough to vindicate his selection. Esp vs WHam he and Knte completely shut em out giving us an almighty dominance in midfield.

Yeah, I'm also leaning towards the same..

The days when he could perform the holding midfield role single-handed, and shut out opposition like Yaya Toure seem to have gone for now, but I still think he can do a job alongside Kante. 

Together, they can provide a decent platform for someone like Cesc (and to some extent Hazard) who can then focus all their attention on attack.

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We started the season under the assumption that Matic can go back to his late 2014 form but no one realizes he has been continuously declining since that Burnley game and was the only player last year who didn't show any signs of improvement towards the end of the season. Even Ivanovic got better towards the end. 

Just keep him as back up for Kante. Playing him in a box to box role is just wrong. Absolute liability on the ball and very slow. What I would do to have Nainggolan or someone like him playing in that position. 

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After the last game against Burnely and red card he was worse and worse in every othet match, maybe today against Burnley again he can get his "mojo" back :D

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2 hours ago, J.F. said:

After the last game against Burnely and red card he was worse and worse in every othet match, maybe today against Burnley again he can get his "mojo" back :D

I did not expect your comment to, strangely enough, be this truthful :D

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Had a good game today. Him and Kante double teaming opposition players has been very effective this season.

He will start until we get new center-backs or a b2b mid. It would be madness to drop him even against Burnley because that backline needs protection.

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2 hours ago, Hybrid Angel said:

Had a good game today. Him and Kante double teaming opposition players has been very effective this season.

He will start until we get new center-backs or a b2b mid. It would be madness to drop him even against Burnley because that backline needs protection.

Bingo! Can't double team with fabregas who has no energy nor power for the task.

can certainly discuss matic against his peers, but the odd one to fit any system is always going to be fabregas.

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