Matic ready for Chelsea title challenge - set for a big role this season?

Nemanja Matic wants to be a key player for Chelsea in their quest for the Premier League title this season.

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is excited to challenge for the Premier League title and is looking to play a major role at Stamford Bridge this season.

The 26-year-old rejoined the Blues from Benfica in January for £21 million, having left the West London club in 2011.

The Serbian established himself as Jose Mourinho's first-choice midfield enforcer last season, but he is looking to expand his role in the 2014-15 campaign, which he hopes to end as a title-winner.

"First of all my job is to steal the ball from the opponent and help build our game, but if I have a chance to get forward, or maybe take a free-kick every now and then, it would be nice to score a few more goals. I will certainly try to do that this season," he told Chelsea's official website.

"I want to win the Premier League and Champions League. You never know what can happen, especially in European football but, for me, the main aim is to win the Premier League.

"I feel that I’m well prepared and I’m ready for Monday’s game against Burnley. It’s been a good pre-season, the training sessions have been really hard which is obviously good for our physical condition.

"We’ve played a lot of friendlies and the whole squad has had a chance to play and prepare themselves. We’ve worked very hard during pre-season and we are prepared for the fight."

Chelsea have strengthened their attack and midfield this summer, signing Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Didier Drogba. The new signings should have a major impact, but there will still be a crucial role to play for Matic.

The Serbian is the perfect partner alongside the creativity and guile of Fabregas in the centre of midfield, breaking up play and starting attacks for the Blues' formidable front line.

Mourinho has traditionally employed an enforcer in the middle of the park, and Matic looks to be the man chosen to follow on from the likes of Claude Makelele and Michael Essien.

With his aggression and athleticism Matic has all the tools to be the engine at the heart of a title-winning Chelsea team this season, and if he manages to add goals to his game, then he will be among the top midfielders in the Premier League by the end of the campaign.

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