Nemanja Matic inspired Chelsea players with emotional speech

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic made an impromptu speech in the dressing room at Wembley before the Capital One Cup final, telling his Blues team-mates to make sure they made the most of an occasion he was forced to miss.

Matic controversially sat out the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur through suspension, for his reaction to a challenge by Burnley forward Ashley Barnes last weekend.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho is still seething that the Serbian enforcer didn't get the chance to play against Spurs, but did let slip that his inspiring words put his Chelsea players in the right frame of mind not to let an opportunity to win silverware slip away.

Matic the motivator

In his post-match press conference after League Cup success Mourinho spoke about Matic, revealing: ‘The boy was sad, we were sad for him.

"He made the speech in the dressing room where he expressed his pain and asked the players to have the pleasure he couldn’t have. For me the real pain was to see a player [Ashley Barnes] play yesterday and Matic not to play today."

Absence forced tactical rethink

Mourinho sprung a huge surprise with his decision to replace Matic with Kurt Zouma in a new midfield role for the Wembley showpiece, but it was a gamble that paid off.

Zouma's enforcer role allowed Cesc Fabregas the freedom to get forward and support Diego Costa, a factor which proved crucial in Chelsea's first trophy success since Mourinho returned to the club in 2013.

Chelsea now have the challenge of kicking on and making this season a truly memorable one by winning the treble, a triumph which would certainly help ease Matic's Wembley woe.

Matic put the full Blues kit on and posed for photos, but his defining moments of the season are surely yet to come.

Chelsea fans, how impressed were you by Zouma yesterday? Does it surprise you to learn that Matic was the vocal type in the dressing room despite not featuring yesterday? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below.

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