The Premier League champions signed Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco this summer, and of course they already had N’Kolo Kante from last season, but despite the presence of these two players in the team, captain Gary Cahill has… predicted that former teammate Nemanja Matic will be very missed the next ten months.
Matic is a fantastic player, a real top player. I had the benefit of realising how good he is when he’s playing just in front of you, on and off the ball. He’s going to be a huge loss, there’s no doubt about that. And for us it’s important because it can be very offensive this formation
the England international told Sky Sports, talking about the new Manchester United defensive midfielder.
People look at it as a five, but really it’s a three a lot of the time. The two wing-backs are pushed very high and we attack with numbers, so for us at the back in terms of balance you have to have some sort of protection and they gave us that last season
Cahill also said, talking about Chelsea’s system, and how what looks like a quintet at the back, is anything but that.
The Blues lost the Community Shield to Arsenal a few days ago and on Saturday they start defending their Premier League title against Burnley at home.