Lampard rues Chelsea's 'strange' Matic sale to Man Utd

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

I think he's capable of dropping deep or playing in an old-fashioned midfield two but he can get further forward and I expect him to be more effective this year.

A disappointed Antonio Conte has described the recent sale of defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic to Premier League rivals Manchester United as a "great loss" for Chelsea ahead of the new season as the reigning champions look to defend their title.

"We have to rest well because we have a very important game on Sunday against West Ham", Matic said.

The towering holding player made his competitive debut for United in their 2-1 Super Cup defeat by Real Madrid, showing glimpses of his qualities.

The Stamford Bridge outfit have accounted for Matic leaving with Tiemoue Bakayoko's arrival and will hope the former Monaco star can fill in ably for the Serbian.

"It's just unusual that he's gone to a competitor".

Mourinho played a three-man defence at times in the Super Cup, just as he has in some pre-season games, and is ready to deploy it domestically as well.

"You respect that if that is the case".

"As you know, he missed a very good chance but this can happen - it's football". All of a sudden United are in the driving seat ahead of Chelsea to win the Premier League.

The 29-year-old was also a key part of Mourinho's Blues when winning the league in 2014-15 and has seen enough in his short time at Old Trafford to believe this will be a successful season. Although disappointed about losing Matic, Lampard appears very optimistic about the future of the new Chelsea man Bakayoko. "They've been doing that for years by buying younger players and trying to improve them, and I think Bakayoko, if he keeps improving, he is going to be a serious signing".

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