Nemanja Matic was missing in today’s lineup to face Manchester City, and it was a huge shock for everyone.
Matic has formed a formidable partnership with Kante in the heart of the Chelsea midfield and has played for the last seven games in a row since Conte switched to the 3-4-3 formation, but the 28-year-old has been suffering with a small muscular injury all week and has been forced to sit out the game against Manchester City.
Prior to kick off, Conte confirmed that Matic missed the game due to injury.
He said: “Matic is suffering a little muscular problem and for this reason I change it, but I think Cesc is in good shape and he can show all of his value today,”
“I trust him.” said Conte.
The Serbian did not even make the bench and Conte gave a hint in his Friday press conference that one or two players were struggling to be fit, and that his lineup for today would be surprising. Well, this was that surprise.