As the April issue of Chelsea FC Magazine reminds us, Matic is not the first Serbian to become a Chelsea favorite, though he's easily the fastest as he joins madman Petar Borota and Two-goal ManBearLove Ivanovic in the annals of our cult heroes. In just his second start for Chelsea, 25-year-old Matic went up against Yaya Touré, and emerged not only with a win but, more importantly, with near-universal acclaim.
"I saw something on the internet, which said this about me. It's very nice if the people think this about me because [Beast] would be a good nickname to have. I have to be like this because I play in a position where you have to be the beast!"
-Nemanja Matic; source: Chelsea FC Magazine, April 2014
To Benfica fans, Matic was the Spider due to his long legs, tremendous reach, and surprising agility. And while he's appreciated that nickname as well, I look forward to many years of BEASTMODE in our center midfield.