Matic set for second heartache in a row as former team eye treble

Nemanja Matic

Nemanja Matic suffered a heartbreak in Portugal last season - and it looks like it will be repeated again this season.

Chelsea have just handed the title to Liverpool - or at least it would seem that way. Their defeat against Sunderland today has left them the rank outsiders to win the title this season - and for one player it leaves him on the brink of late season heartbreak once again.

Nemanja Matic arrived back at Chelsea for £21 million in January after originally being allowed to leave as part of a deal that saw David Luiz arrive at the club.

And he did so still licking his wounds from a terrible end to the previous season with Benfica.

Late goals cost Benfica silverware last year as the dream of a treble slipped away from them in dramatic style. Porto eked out the title race, Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic put paid to the Europa League dream and Vitoria Guimares shocked them in the Portuguese Cup Final.

It was the main reason why Matic decided to stay at Benfica in the summer - he wanted to get them on the way to retribution:

"Frankly, I want to stay another year in Lisbon. Of course, someone like Jose Mourinho wanting me to go back to London would be an opportunity to prove that I can play in the Premier League, but I want to achieve more at Benfica, particularly in the big games."

But could it be that he made the wrong choice in regards to silverware.

Chelsea now look out of the title race and their only hope of winning anything sees one hell of a barrier in the way in the form of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

Failure in that endeavour and once again Matic will be suffering late season heartache. In fact even if they win it it doesn't matter - he hasn't played for Chelsea in the competition as he is cup-tied.

The Premier League was all his eggs in one now dropped basket.

Meanwhile, in Lisbon, his former side are soaring.

They are four points clear at the top of the Primeira Liga with a game in hand over Sporting Lisbon, recently knocked out Porto on their way to the Portuguese Cup final and are in the Europa League semi-finals against Juventus - with dreams of a treble on for a second season in a year.

Matic on the other hand might just be set to miss out once again.

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