Pat Nevin: “Fabregas has got back the confidence he had last season”

Pat Nevin: “Fabregas has got back the confidence he had last season”

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Pat Nevin played 193 League games for Chelsea, scoring 36 goals, and 109 for Everton, scoring 16.

He told BBC TV: “Chelsea will be able to play with a bit of freedom today. They are not going to go down so the pressures there are off. This is their last chance so they can go for it”

“There is more lightness and belief about Chelsea’s football now,”  – he said – “there were several factors that caused the problems in the first half of the season, before Guus arrived. When one or two big players are not playing well it can really have an effect on a team. Of late, Diego Costa and Fabregas have been fantastic for Chelsea. We are still waiting for Eden Hazard. He is not back to his best yet.”

He said about Cesc Fabregas: “I watch what Cesc has been doing in games,” – said Nevin – “Before Christmas he was taking care of his passes, thinking about them. But when you are playing well you don’t think about it. It comes naturally. Now he has got that sort of nonchalant confidence back that he had last season. When your confidence is high, it comes effortlessly. He does not need to think. Before he was working too hard, doing too much chasing. That is not a bad thing. There is nothing wrong with working your socks off when things are not going well. But it is hard, particularly if others are in the same situation.”

About the opponent: “Yes, Everton actually have a lot of miffed fans. They seem to be worried about Roberto’s ultra-positive attitude to attacking.”