Nemanja Matic almost gets punched by Panagiotis Kone

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Nemanja Matic is well renowned hard man of the Premier League. It's the reason Jose Mourinho forked out £21 million to re-sign him from Benfica in January.

Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, he has chucked diminutive playmakers all over the park, protecting Chelsea's back four with some steely work in the anchorman position. He's a Mourinho player in a nutshell.

That hard man status was further strengthened during the recent international break when he irked Greece's distinguished lunatic Panagiotis Kone with one of his trademark challenges.

Thinking better of it

Kone was not happy and he arose from the floor with every intention of giving some back to Matic. The Greek lined up a humdinger of a punch, but with the world watching, he hesitated.

Upon realising exactly who he was dealing with, Kone thought better of it. What was Matic's reaction? He laughed. No surprises there.

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Instead Kone cooled off by shoving his own team-mate – one much smaller than Matic – in the chest. 

Greek tragedy

Kone's attitude piled more misery on top of the Greece national team, who recently sacked Claudio Ranieri after a dreadful start to Euro 2016 qualifying.

Having won the tournament in 2004, they now face up to the prospect of not qualifying for it despite the top two teams gaining an automatic place.

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