Chelsea's Nemanja Matic had an afternoon to forget as his side fell to a 5-3 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
By popular consensus, the Serbian international has been the most consistent defensive midfield player of the season so far, yet as the Stamford Bridge outfit faltered on New Year's Day, he gave arguably his most disappointing display in a Chelsea shirt.
Peerless for the season so far, even Matic found the going tough as Spurs continually attacked the Blues. He allowed the opposition far too much space in the centre of the park, as he found himself overrun by Nabil Bentaleb and Moussa Dembele.
Ultimately, Matic was unable to dominate as he has done throughout Chelsea's early charge for the title. He accrued the second-most touches of any player involved, and yet he completed just 69% of his passes.
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As the statistics show, his distribution proved far below his usual standards, as did his defensive contribution - despite winning four tackles, he was unable to make a single clearance, while he weighed in with just one interception.
Matic found himself brushed aside by Harry Kane for the fourth goal. Indeed, it seems as though the vigorous nature of the congested Premier League Christmas period has finally gotten the better of him.
Meanwhile, going forward he offered very little. He went 90 minutes without fashioning a shot at goal, or crafting a key pass for his teammates. In fact, just 16 of his 64 passes came in the final third.
There's no doubt this will count as one of very few poor performances from Matic and, providing he is rested the Chelsea's upcoming FA Cup clash, he will surely be back to his impressive best ahead of the Blues' next Premier League clash with Newcastle.