2018 FIFA World Cup | Cesc Fabregas pulls ex-teammate Nemanja Matic’s leg

Cesc Fabregas is keeping a close on the happenings at the World Cup this summer.

2018 FIFA World Cup | Cesc Fabregas pulls ex-teammate Nemanja Matic’s leg

Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic (Photo: AFP)

Serbia’s preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are in full swing, but it looks like an eagle-eyed Cesc Fabregas has found out their secret weapon via Nemanja Matic’s latest Instagram post.

The two spent a fruitful few seasons together at Premier League side Chelsea before Matic made the switch to Manchester United in 2017.

While the Red Devils and the Blues do not share a rivalry on the level of the Arsenal-Chelsea or the Manchester United-Liverpool ones, their clashes are pretty fiery too.


Matic crossing the divide hasn’t stopped the two professionals from being friends, however, and the Serbian posted a rather routine post on Instagram:

Fabregas, however, after having shared a dressing room with the towering Serbian for a few years,  noticed something was off and had to comment:

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(Photo: Nemanja Matic/Instagram)

Matic, of course is left footed, so it was a strange sight for Fabregas to see his former teammate use his weaker foot in training.

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However, the Serbian assured the Chelsea and Spain midfielder, who will not be participating at the World Cup this summer, that it was only in training and he won’t be repeating the ‘trick’ in a match.

It’s great to see the high spirits in the Serbian camp for they have been impressive in their warm-up fixtures so far.

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Nigeria (2-0) and Bolivia (5-1) have been swatted aside with ease while their sole loss came at the hands of South American giants Chile (0-1).

Place in Group E, Matic and Co. open their World Cup campaign against Costa Rica on June 17. The other two sides in their group are Switzerland and Brazil.

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With the Selecao expected to top the group, Serbia will be involved in a three-way battle to make the knockout stages.