After a much improved Chelsea performance on Sunday from former Gunner Cesc Fabregas we look at why the Spaniard was back to his best.
After an extremely slow start to the season from the Blues in which Fabregas was singled out as one of the main culprits by many sections of the Chelsea support, he is now stringing some strong performances together. The Chelsea number 4 is no longer being operated in a deep lying playmaker role alongside the likes of Matic and the rejuvenated Mikel.
These two holding players in behind Fabregas, allowing him to roam the field, are vital to his improved form. Sometimes receiving the ball from the centre backs and other times pushing on beyond Diego Costa. This means he often gets the most touches on the pitch and thus allows him to dictate the Chelsea tempo, which he did superbly in the first half at the Emirates and at Selhurst Park in the 3-0 win against Crystal Palace a few weeks ago.
The improved movement of Diego Costa upfront, who was always looking in behind the Gunners defense at the Emirates on Sunday, has also helped Fabregas under Hiddink. When he has runners around him and doesn’t particularly have to worry about his defensive duties quite as much, he can be deadly, as shown by his array of passing and moving in the final third on Sunday which should have resulted in a penalty.
Shown so many times last season and now this season, when he is on form Chelsea are on form. So keeping Fabregas in a free roaming position is vital to the Blues aspirations of reaching the top four.