Matic: Close but concentrated

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Nemanja Matic’s first Premier League goal of the season put the seal on Monday night’s 3-0 win over Middlesbrough, moving the Premier League title close enough it can be reached later this week.

The Serbian’s chest control and finish at the Matthew Harding End (his first Stamford Bridge goal) followed on from his screamer at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final which was his first goal of the 2016/17 campaign. Following yesterday’s league win it was put to Matic that he is becoming something of a midfield goal machine, and he was also asked what it is like to be so close to the championship but with work still to do.

‘I am not a goal machine, I just try to do my best,’ smiled Matic.

‘I know my position is defensive midfielder but if I have the opportunities to score a goal, of course I will try to score. I am happy that my son is not going to ask me anymore, “Daddy, when are you going to score a goal?”

‘We have three games to go, three points we have to take to be champions,’ he added. ‘Of course we are happy we are so close but we have to stay concentrated to the end. We have the opportunity to win the title on Friday but West Brom away is always hard to play, they are a good team with a good manager so we expect a hard game, but I am sure we will be ready for this.

‘There are three games to go but always the most important is the next one. We are excited but this is football, you have to concentrate until the last minute and we will see. Every game is a different story but at the end of it I hope we will win the title.’

Against a Middlesbrough side fighting for their Premier League lives, the Chelsea midfield smoothly overcame the absence of Footballer of the Year N’Golo Kante who was not risked due to a minor muscle injury. Cesc Fabregas especially impressed.

‘Every player in Chelsea is ready to play,’ said Matic, ‘that is why we are in this club and it does not matter really who plays. What is important is we follow the ideas of the coach and give our best. The end result is 3-0 which is great for us.

‘Every team in the Premier League is very strong and is difficult to play against, and of course Middlesbrough had a chance to take some points to try to stay in the Premier League but we prepared very well for this, we knew what to expect. To score three goals is not easy and that is why we are happy.’

Souce: Chelsea FC

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