It only took one match for Cesc Fabregas to show Chelsea what he is capable of on the pitch.
In his first English Premier League match in three years, the 27-year-old midfielder totaled two assists while helping the Blues earn a 3-1 win over Burnley.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona star transferred to Chelsea this summer and was expected to make a major impact right away. Manager Jose Mourinho explained, "Cesc is the kind of player that we didn't have. In midfield, we had a box to box player, a runner, a stable player. We never had this kind of football brain, so that has improved," via Paul Brown of the Daily Star.
His high level of play was on display right away as he helped the lead-up into Chelsea's first goal. The squad was down 1-0 in the 14th minute, but some quality passing by the entire attack helped fellow La Liga transfer Diego Costa score on a rebound.
Of course, Fabregas was just getting started. The team's second goal of the match in the 21st minute came on a beautiful assist to Andre Schurrle, courtesy of FootballFacts101:
Fabregas super pass to Schurrle! http://t.co/j2Fs6bAylO— FootballFacts101 (@FootballFact101) August 18, 2014
Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph described the effort by everyone involved:
What a goal by #cfc. Hazard dribble, Ivanovic pass, Fabregas sublime first-time to onside Schurrle, emphatic finish. Pure quality.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) August 18, 2014
That being said, it was the pass by Fabregas that gained the most attention. Daniel Taylor of The Guardian was also impressed:
That pass from Fabregas . . hasn't taken him long to show what a classy player he is #CFC— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) August 18, 2014
Michael Davies of Men in Blazers wants the play to get even more respect than an ordinary assist:
That Fabregas pass needs a better word than assist.— Michael Davies (@embassydavies) August 18, 2014
Later in the first half, Fabregas was once again involved in a goal when his corner went directly to Branislav Ivanovic, who tapped it in to make it 3-1. Winter was not surprised to see the midfielder once again be involved in the goal:
The joy of Cesc...Fabregas corner, Ivanovic close-range, 3-1 to #cfc. Fabregas already looking like one of the signings of the summer— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) August 18, 2014
By halftime, Squawka Football was able to showcase what type of an impact the veteran player had for his club:
Cesc Fabregas half in numbers: 2 assists. 3 chances created. 89% pass accuracy. 50% tackles won. pic.twitter.com/h2HNKR2q9d— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 18, 2014
While Chelsea did not score in the second half, the players continued to show their talent with how well they were able to link up together. Phil McNulty of BBC Sport was impressed with the passing ability from all players:
Chelsea so professional with touches of real class, especially those Fabregas passes.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) August 18, 2014
Fabregas remained solid on the defensive end as well and helped ensure that Burnley had few chances in the second half. As Chelsea cruised to victory, there was little doubt he was the best player on the pitch throughout the competition.
This is exactly what the Blues and their supporters were hoping to see from the Spanish national when he was signed during the offseason. Although this is just one match in a long season in the EPL, this start was a dream scenario for a club hoping to bring a title to Stamford Bridge.
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