Newcastle result warning to our opponents, says Nemanja Matic

Chelsea FC midfielder Nemanja Matic has said that their 5-1 victory over Newcastle United has sent out a warning to their upcoming opponents.

Newcastle result warning to our opponents, says Nemanja Matic
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Chelsea's convincing 5-1 victory over Newcastle United has sent out a warning to their upcoming opponents, according to midfielder Nemanja Matic

Magpies brushed aside

Chelsea made it 12 matches unbeaten on Saturday evening since the return of interim manager Guus Hiddink, when they welcomed Steve McClaren's struggling side to Stamford Bridge.

It was their most convincing performance since Hiddink took over from the departing Jose Mourinho, with goals from Diego Costa, Pedro, Willian and Bertrand Traore cancelling out Andros Townsend's late effort to give them an easy three points. 

Great performance 

Matic told the club's official website that they played a "good game" on Saturday and scored "lots of goals, defended well" and believes they "deserved" the 5-1 score-line. 

He added that they had a "couple more chances" which they didn't take but were "very happy" with the end result and the Serbian is hopeful it will "continue like this".

The 27-year-old continued saying that he "didn't know" if that was the Blues' best performance since the return of Hiddink, as he believes they had a "couple of other good games".  The example that the midfielder picked was the 1-0 victory over Arsenal where he thinks they played "very well".

Hiddink has turned the Blues' fortunes around since he arrived. | Image source: Chelsea FC
Hiddink has turned the Blues' fortunes around since he arrived. | Image source: Chelsea FC

Focus on France 

The Blues couldn't enjoy the well earned three points as attention instantly turned to Tuesday night. Hiddink faces his toughest test since his return when they take on Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League. 

Matic added that Saturday's win was "very important" for their future as it will be make their next opponent "careful" how they play against them. 

Turning his attention to Tuesday's match, from which he is suspended, the Serb said that the Blues have a "very difficult and important" match in Paris and "have to get a good result" if they are to make it past the last 16 stage. 

Chelsea will visit Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, February 16 with kick-off at 7:45PM GMT.