Matic is a classic José Mourinho second-season purchase who should bring the midfield stability and control the manager seeks and allow Paul Pogba to shine
Six months into his first season back at Chelsea, José Mourinho had identified three key areas in which his team were deficient. Hindsight suggests it was that recognition that led, at the beginning of February 2014, to his “little horses” press conference in which he denied Chelsea were title contenders despite having pulled to within two points of the top with a 1-0 win at Manchester City. He was lacking a genuine goalscorer and a creative presence in midfield, problems resolved by the signings that summer of Diego Costa and Cesc Fàbregas, but he had already moved in January to plug the other gap by bringing Nemanja Matic back from Benfica.
Chelsea made 10 signings in 2014 but it was those three who were the most important, something that was obvious from the moment Chelsea beat Burnley in their opening game of the season. Each of the three major deficiencies the previous season had been dealt with and it is only a slight exaggeration to say that from that moment Chelsea’s title win was a procession.