Chelsea missed Nemanja Matic, says Newcastle legend
Alan Shearer highlights the hole left by suspended Nemanja Matic in Chelsea side
Alan Shearer says Chelsea missed Nemanja Matic after a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United.
The Serbia international was suspended for the trip to the Magpies after he picked up his fifth booking of the season in a 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
Matic has scored one goal and made two assists in 14 Premier League appearances this season before his ban for the Magpies defeat.
And Newcastle legend Shearer emphasised the hole left by Matic in Jose Mourinho’s side at St James’s Park.
“Chelsea didn’t play that well,” Shearer told BBC Sport.
“There is no doubt they missed Nemanja Matic. He has started every game for them this season but John Mikel Obi was in there against Newcastle and didn’t do as well. In the build-up to Newcastle’s second goal, Mikel dives in, Eden Hazard dives in. There is no one sitting in front of the back four.#
“That said it was a really committed Newcastle performance. They were really well organised and every player knew what job they had to do. It was a thoroughly deserved win.”