Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is upbeat about his team’s chances despite being on the end of another defeat – their third of the 2015/16 season – at Everton on the weekend.
The Serbian midfielder, who netted his first goal of the season in the defeat at Goodison Park Saturday lunch time, has vowed to bounce back and feels the Champions League game during the week against Maccabi Tel Aviv is Chelsea’s perfect opportunity to bounce back.
“It’s good we have another game in a couple of days against Maccabi,” said Matic to his club’s official website.
Chelsea have another home tie against London rivals Arsenal in the league next weekend, and Matic believes the Blues will be up for the task and three points, which have been elusive this season, against Arsenal. Chelsea have already lost once to Arsene Wenger’s men this season, in the FA Community Shield last month.
“We have to win, for our own confidence and for the fans. Then we have a derby against Arsenal, so I hope we will be ready for that and we can take three points.”
The 27-year-old has expressed his disappointment over the weekend result, but is of the belief things will be better and Chelsea will be back to their old self if they work harder.
“Of course we are not happy. Everybody is sad because of the result. Obviously we feel bad. We are in a difficult moment, and having four points after five games is not normal for our team.
“If you saw this game, I cannot say we deserved to win but we deserved a draw.
“Chelsea are not used to being on runs like we are at the moment but this is the reality. We have to work hard to get our game back to the way we played last season,” Matic added.
On Wednesday night, Stamford Bridge plays host to the Blues’ first game of the 2015/16 Champions League. Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv, who knocked out Basel in the playoff rounds to progress through to the group stages, will be, on paper at least, easy opponents for Jose Mourinho’s struggling side who will be ill-advised to take the game for granted, given their early season jitters.