‘Chelsea selling Nemanja Matic was the biggest act of lunacy I’ve seen in football,’ says Ray Wilkins
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Chelsea are paying the price for selling Nemanja Matic to Manchester United in the summer, according to Ray Wilkins.
Antonio Conte is finding his second year as Blues boss much more difficult than his first, when he led the club to Premier League title glory.
Chelsea are nine points adrift of league leaders Manchester City, having lost three of their ten top-flight games this season, while they were easily beaten by Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
According to former assistant boss and star player Wilkins, their struggles stem from the baffling decision to discard one of their key men in the summer.
“The selling of Matic was the biggest act of lunacy I’ve seen in football for a long time,” he told talkSPORT.
“He was so important to Chelsea. It is a massive loss.
“He was so influential. You only have to see what he is doing at Man United to see how influential he was at Chelsea.
“[Tiemoue] Bakayoko, at this moment in time, is not in the same bracket as Nemanja Matic.”
Matic will return to Stamford Bridge with United on Sunday and Wilkins believes the Serbian, who has impressed since moving to Old Trafford, will be confident of victory on his old stomping ground.
“I’ve been to the Bridge for most games this season and it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that Man United can win there because it is not the fortress it was last season,” he added.