Former Everton Player believes whoever sanctioned the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United ought to be sacked after Chelsea FC crashed to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to AS Roma
Chelsea were dissected by Roma in the Champions League Group C fixture on Tuesday as Antonio Conte cut a frustrated figure post-match.
Stephan El Shaarawy scored a first-half brace for Roma – who held Chelsea to an exciting 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago – accounted for the Premier League champions.
Chelsea’s Premier League title defence has already resulted in three loss in 10 matches, leaving Conte’s men fourth and nine points behind table-toppers Manchester City and former United & Everton man Neville said the club’s issues originate from Matic’s takeoff in July.
“What’s gone wrong for Chelsea? One word. Matic,” Neville told BBC 5Live.
“It’s as simple as that. The minute they sold Nemanja Matic was a mistake.
“If you ask any of those Chelsea players who they would want back, they would say Matic. Chelsea replaced him with someone who is going to do the same job – [Tiemoue] Bakayoko is not that player, he is not a holding midfield player.
“They didn’t replace Matic. I wouldn’t have let him out of the building, I would have chained him to the training ground walls.