Southampton vs Chelsea: 3 Key Battles That Will Decide The Result

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3. Nemanja Matic vs Morgan Schneiderlin

nemanja matic
nemanja matic

Ever since signing for Chelsea in January 2014, Matic has simply transformed the Chelsea midfield. Aside from being an excellent reader of the game, the Serbian ability to enforce the game both defensively and offensively has meant the Blues have simply been unbeatable in the middle of the park. The fact that the only game that they lost this season was one he didn’t feature in, speaks volumes about just how important he is to the side.

And if Southampton are to claim a draw, let alone a win, they will need Schneiderlin, who will be essaying the same role as Matic to be on his mark at all times. The Frenchman has been the side’s best player this season and if he can manage the threat posed by the visitors through the middle, it will make life a whole lot easier for the Saints defense, who will be put under a lot of pressure right from the start.

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