Thursday 14 December 2017

Matic: Chelsea wanted it more than Arsenal

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (left) and Chelsea's Nemanja Matic battle for the ball
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (left) and Chelsea's Nemanja Matic battle for the ball

Nemanja Matic says Chelsea wanted to win more than Arsenal, spurring the Premier League champions to a 2-0 victory.

Chelsea claimed their first home league triumph of the season and extended the Gunners’ winless league run against their rivals to eight games.

“We wanted to win more than them,” Matic (right) said. “It was a very important three points for us, especially against them.

“We didn’t start the season very well so it was very important to win these two games - Champions League against Maccabi (Tel Aviv) and the derby against Arsenal.

“We didn’t concede one goal and we scored six. We have to continue to play like this, especially the next game - it’s going to be very important for us.”

Chelsea next play Walsall in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday - a competition they won last term - before playing matches at Newcastle and Porto in the Premier League and Champions League, respectively. Mourinho can be expected to make changes for the trip to the West Midlands, with John Terry likely to be restored in central defence.

Kurt Zouma was preferred to Terry to combat the pace of Theo Walcott and scored his first Premier League goal.

But the Frenchman knows he can learn plenty from 34-year-old Terry. “I’m very happy because I had a chance to play some games and to show what I can do,” the 20-year-old said.

“I have to keep going. I have to learn a lot with the captain, the legend and Gary (Cahill). I’m very happy to play with them and learn a lot.”

Mourinho added: “I want to go match after match,” he said.

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