Matic: “We have to be ready”

Matic: “We have to be ready”

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Nemanja Matic was a key player for Chelsea last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Nemanja Matic admits it will be strange to play without Jose Mourinho on the bench against Stoke tomorrow but that the team will be prepared for it.

The Portuguese yesterday lost an appeal against a one match touchline ban following misconduct during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat away at West Ham in which the Blues boss was sent off from the dugout.

Matic, who did not play in Chelsea’s recent League Cup exit at the hands of Stoke City, says that the players will have to rely on the assistant coaches for guidance but insists they will cope.

The Serbia international had this to say to the Express ahead of the trip to the Brittania Stadium:

“I’ve been here almost two years now and we have not played without the coach yet, so it is going to be strange, but this is football and we will be ready.

“Of course it is easier when the coach is on the bench, especially at half-time when he can say something. Sometimes when the game is stopped and there is a foul, he signals with the hands and you know what you have to do, but if you are playing on his side of the pitch you can hear him!

“We also have other great coaches here, and they will be prepared for everything. We have to be ready.”