Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic believes that the blues were able to secure a much-needed victory against archrivals Arsenal because they wanted it more than the opposition.
Chelsea have been on a very poor run of form and it had seen them 11 points behind table leaders Manchester City after having played just five games. With the possibility of defending the title almost over, Chelsea needed something to start the campaign and it came in the form of a 2-0 win against Arsenal. Jose Mourinho has been mourning for several weeks that everything had been going against his team.
On Saturday, however, everything that could be right for Chelsea went in. Arsenal defender Gabriel was sent off just before half-time and the blues managed to take advantage by scoring early in the second half through defender Kurt Zouma. Winger Eden Hazard, who has so far been disappointing this campaign, scored a late second to stop any hopes of a comeback within the gunners. Hopes of a comeback were also prevented by the referee, who gave Santi Cazorla his marching orders with a second yellow card. Arsenal were down to nine men at this point, but Matic feels that all the decisions taken by the referee were correct.
"We wanted to win more than them. It was a very important three points for us, especially against them.We didn't start the season very well so it was very important to win these two games - Champions League against Maccabi [Tel Aviv] and the derby against Arsenal.We didn't concede one goal and we scored six. We have to continue to play like this, especially the next game - it's going to be very important for us,” said Matic. The Serbian midfielder was benched during the midweek action againstMaccabi Tel Aviv, but he was once again as his imperious best.