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Matic: Right path

Nemanja Matic knows how important it was for the Blues to respond to our first Premier League defeat since September by returning to winning ways at Leicester.

Two goals from Marcos Alonso and a late third by Pedro ensured a confident display at the King Power Stadium resulted in a 3-0 victory over the current champions, inflicting their heaviest home loss since September 2015.

With Tottenham Hotspur, the side who defeated us on our last league outing, reducing the lead at the top of the standings to four points ahead of our game at Saturday tea-time, it was vital we restored the gap with a win.

'It was important for us to go back on the same road that we were before Tottenham, against a very good team that is physical and strong,' said the Serbian midfielder.

'The 3-0 result makes it look like an easy game, but on the pitch it was very hard and I'm happy for the team because we played very well, we scored three goals in a very difficult stadium and I hope we continue.

'They have very fast players up front. They wait for our mistakes, so we waited for the second goal and after that it was easier for us; not easy, but easier to play and to find the third one.'

Matic also praised the impact of Alonso, who became only the third Chelsea defender to score a brace in a Premier League game, following in the footsteps of Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry.

'It was a great performance, I'm very happy for him and for the team. He almost scored the third one, but the most important thing is the three points. That puts pressure on the teams behind us and to continue like this is good.'
 

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