Conte regrets Matic sale to Manchester United

Chelsea opted to let Matic leave the club this summer after they brought in Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Antonio Conte admits that Nemanja Matic is a “great loss” to the Chelsea team following the midfielder’s move to Manchester United.

However, the arrival of Nemanja Matic from champions Chelsea is expected to allow the Frenchman more freedom on the pitch to exert a greater influence in the final third of the pitch.

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

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.

The Belgium global, signed from Everton for a reported initial fee of £75 million last month, netted in the second half of his competitive debut in United’s 2-1 UEFA Super Cup loss on Tuesday.

“He’s going to strengthen Manchester United“.

“You respect that if that is the case”.

“It’s just odd that he’s gone to a competitor”.

“There is very rarely such big transfers between champions to clubs that are challenging them and it is a unusual move”.

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.

Chelsea are now preparing for their Premier League opener against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as they look to get their title defence off to a winning start.

Tiemoue Bakayoko was very impressive past year, he’s very physical”.

“And I’m hoping he’ll do that with United – freedom for [Paul] Pogba, [Anthony] Martial, [Jesse] Lingard and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan – these players really need to step up this year I think”.