Matic is a 'gross loss' for us, admits Chelsea boss Conte

Matic is a 'gross loss' for us, admits Chelsea boss Conte”

"It was a big deal when Chelsea sold Petr Cech to Arsenal".

Romelu Lukaku earned praise for his competitive Manchester United debut from Jose Mourinho, despite missing an open goal in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

Mourinho believes United's players - old and new - head into Sunday's Premier League opener against West Ham with "a positive feeling and great experience".

"At 29, I can understand why Chelsea sold him but it's still a good signing for Man United as there are not many of those players about". "If Nathaniel Chalobah or Ruben Loftus-Cheek were still there they could get rid of Matic and play a younger kid".

ANTONIO CONTE has reportedly told Chelsea chiefs to sign Barcelona star Sergi Roberto as Nemanja Matic's replacement.

"Chelsea are weaker than last season - no Diego Costa, no Matic - and I'm concerned for them".

Matic's departure will force Conte to accelerate Bakayoko's progress into the starting XI when he returns to fitness. Will he gel alongside Kante?

Matic is a 'gross loss' for us, admits Chelsea boss Conte

But doubts are creeping in over whether they have enough depth to retain their trophy as well as compete with Europe's elite in the Champions League. He will take time to settle.

Chelsea have strengthened too, but not as much as they would have liked given the added demands of Champions League football - but Giggs thinks they will still be in the mix. "Every opponent wants to win every match, every opponent gives you a hard time".

Matic is one of three signings that United have made so far this summer, with defender Victor Lindelof having joined from Benfica, while striker Romelu Lukaku has arrived from Everton.

"He seemed like he wanted to leave a year ago at times, although he was very influential and played very well", he said of Costa. There have been a couple of games I've watched he's dived in. This year is his year. He was a brilliant midfield player, one of the best in the world, but he kept chasing the ball and vacating areas.

Chelsea have parted ways with a number of players who were involved in last season's convincing title win.

"He did well as Chelsea won the league previous year, but he didn't go back to the level of 2014/15 and Cesc Fabregas was playing a lot more in the second half of last season". Was it his dream to go and play for Manchester United? "It is a horrendous sale". Thursday's show features Paul Merson and Chris Kamara.

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