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Nemanja Matic: I don't know why Chelsea are so inconsistent

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For just the second time all season, José Mourinho opted to make no changes to the starting line-up in consecutive matches.  The same eleven that won 2-0 against Porto in the Champions League started against Leicester City in the Premier League. And yet, Chelsea went from one of the best performances of the season to one of the worst.  The Blues came out of King Power Stadium with a 2-1 defeat, continuing the pattern of maddening inconsistency and even more maddening results.

"I cannot explain why consistency has been so difficult to achieve. I don't know what happened to us [against Leicester]. In the game against Porto, a very good team, we played very well, we scored two goals and created chances, but we were like another team on the pitch against Leicester."

"We have to say congratulations to them, they fought for every ball, and they were very good. They had confidence and it is easier to play when you are first in the table and you are at home."

"We didn't start badly, we controlled the ball, but after the second goal it was very difficult for us to recover and we didn't use the chances we had. It is one more game that was not good for us. We are sad because of the defeat but we have to keep going, to try to win some games and to recover from this situation which is not easy for us. We have to try to be better than we were."

-Nemanja Matic; Source: Chelsea FC

Inconsistent and ineffective, Chelsea's league form has been nothing short of terrible.  The same is not true in the Champions League, where we won four of six in the group stage and advanced to the knockout rounds as a top seed. There in the Round of 16, we will be facing very familiar foes in PSG.

"It's going to be a great experience for us, two great games, very hard I have to say, but in these kinds of games you don't have favourites - anyone can go through. I am sure that it's going to be interesting and I hope we can do something."

-Nemanja Matic; Source: Chelsea FC

Inconsistent or not, anything can happen in a knockout competition.  So at least we've got a bit of hope there.