Chelsea round-up: Rio Ferdinand highlights Nemanja Matic problem

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Chelsea fans, good morning and welcome to the first of five round-ups this week.

Another weekend’s action has come and gone, leaving fans bitterly disappointed or healthily reinvigorated, depending on what side of the fence you fall on.

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Ferdinand on Matic

Chelsea might have halted the train of negative momentum with their win over Arsenal at the weekend, but there’s still plenty for Jose Mourinho to address moving forward.

For what it’s worth Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has had his say on the cause of the problems at Stamford Bridge, and he believes it could have something to do with the form of Nemanja Matic.

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The Serbian midfielder, usually steadfast in front of the back four, hasn’t looked as solid this year as he did last term, and Ferdinand has pinpointed that as a possible reason for the Blues looking shaky at the back.

"Chelsea have always been a solid unit," said Ferdinand.

"The protection in front of the back four has always been very good; you had Claude Makelele and Matic last season but this year Matic has lacked intensity, looked jaded and that reflects on the defence."

Costa sanction possible

In other news, Diego Costa will today find out if he’s to face retrospective action concerning his behaviour in the clash against Arsenal.

The Spain international was involved in off-the-ball incidents with both Gabriel Paulista and Laurent Koscielny, and could be sanctioned by the FA as a result.

Chelsea battle for Konate

Last but not least Chelsea are to be locked in a £10million transfer battle over the future of 22-year-old ace Moussa Konate.

That’s according to reports that relay the striker’s agent’s quotes. Konate’s chief representative confirmed that scouts from both the Blues and Arsenal are keeping tabs on him, although the player himself is willing to consider offers from Germany and Spain as well.

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