Antonio Conte: 'Nemanja Matic is a great loss to Chelsea'


"I was surprised to see him move to United and maybe there is more to this deal that we realise", said new BT Sport pundit Lampard.

"But he's still a very good player to sit in front of the back four, do the simple things, pass the ball - he's good at what he does".

"If Chalobah or Loftus-Cheek were still there they could get rid of Matic and play a younger kid".

Lampard believes Matic will help to transform United into Premier League title contenders this season, as he suggested Paul Pogba may be the biggest victor from the arrival of a new holding midfielder who will give him more freedom to get forward. You've got to understand what the club is all about.

But the Italian, with Matic keen on working with Mourinho once again, was eventually forced into letting the Serbian complete a transfer to United last week.

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. He is probably the best in England alongside N'Golo Kante. All of a sudden United are in the driving seat ahead of Chelsea to win the Premier League.

Chelsea have strengthened too, but not as much as they would have liked given the added demands of Champions League football - but Giggs thinks they will still be in the mix.

The Chelsea manager's sentiments have been echoed by club captain Gary Cahill, who has described to great detail how good Matic was at shielding the defense in Conte's attack-minded 3-4-3 formation.

"Is Tiemoue Bakayoko a similar type of player to Matic?" 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.

United could hand Premier League debuts to all three of their new additions against West Ham on Sunday. He will take time to settle.

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