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Nemanja Matic used pain of his suspension to motivate Chelsea for the League Cup final

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Thanks, Ashley Barnes and The FA?

There was a funny story yesterday wherein José supposedly wasn't even sure whether Matić would be allowed into the dressing room, seeing as how he's suspended for this match and the next Premier League match following the red card he received for retaliation against Ashley Barnes.  Turns out that he was allowed in there, and now we also know why Mourinho was so concerned!

It was all part of the master plan.  While Chelsea looked nowhere near as assured and fluid as we usually do with the big man in the middle, we got the job done.  Matić even got to pull a John Terry, and put on his full kit to celebrate with the rest of the boys.

He does need to practice his belly flops a bit more though.

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