Nemanja Matic – Heart of Chelsea midfield

27-years old Serbia international Nemanja Matic-  Was converted from a playmaker into a defensive midfielder under Benfica manager Jorge Jesus. Matić was an integral member throughout the 2012–13 Primeira Liga campaign as Benfica looked to claim the club’s first league championship since 2010.

In the 2013–14 season, Matić played prctically half of the season, with 3 goals in 22 matches , and helped Benfica to win the Primeira Liga and Taça de Portugal.

On 15 January 2014, Matić rejoined Chelsea for a fee of £21 million (€25M), on a five-and-a-half-year contract. Since 2014 Matic participated in 59 League games and made a huge role of Chelsea’s win 2013-2014 Premier League. Matić was named as one of four midfielders in the PFA Team of the Year, alongside teammate Eden Hazard, On 26 April.

Borislav Milovanovic

Borislav is the columnist of Balkan Talk from the beginning. He writes about Serbian football and loves Red Star Belgrade. Nemanja Vidic is his favourite player. Basketball and Tennis are another his hobbies.