KANTE BACKS BAKAYAKO TO REPLACE MATIC

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Chelsea sold Nemanja Matic to Manchester United this summer, and the Serbian has taken to life at Old Trafford in good strides.

Matic helped Chelsea win two Premier League titles before sealing a move away from Stamford Bridge, and his former midfield partner N’Golo Kante has hailed his performance for Chelsea but have tipped summer signing Tiemoue Bakayako to adequately replace him.

Speaking after Chelsea’s emphatic victory over Qarabag in the Champions League, Kante told Goal: “For sure, for sure Nemanja Matic was a good player for us.

“I know he was in Chelsea for many years, I had the chance to play one year with him and he was a very good player for me.

“We spent a good season together. He left now, he plays for United but Bakayoko has come and I think he’s a good player, and that we can do very well with him. Some players joined the club but it is like that in every club.

“We try to make them feel good quickly and to understand how we play, how we train. I think they did very well.

“Bakayoko scored his first goal. Zappacosta scored his first goal and it is good for them and good for us. We need everyone this month.”

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