Spanish press react to Cesc and Costa's performances for Chelsea

Two products of La Liga, Francesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, played a significant part in Chelsea's comfortable victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

The additions of Francesc Fabregas and Diego Costa in the Chelsea roster over the course of the summer transfer window were not deemed luxury purchases but, rather, essential acquisitions.

With the 2014-15 Premier League season just one game young, the Spanish pair proved manager Jose Mourinho was correct to ratify deals that, combined, cost Chelsea £59 million as both players produced exemplary performances on their competitive Blues debut as the West Londoners came from behind to defeat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor last night, Monday.

For former Barcelona star Fabregas, it was a case of picking up where he left off as the ex Arsenal captain assisted Costa with a craft back-heel pass before supplying World Cup winner Andre Schurrle with an extraordinary chance.

Costa, meanwhile, looks like the anti-Fernando Torres.

While the predator may have looked uncomfortable in the Spain national football team, he excels in systems like Diego Simeone's and Mourinho's as a: his pitch IQ was on point - his positional awareness was key in converting the goal-scoring opportunities afforded to him and b: he took little time to open his Premier League account.

  TeamTouchesPassing AccuracyChances CreatedAssistsShot AccuracyGoalsAppsMins
Fabregas Chelsea 104 87.4% 3 2 N/a 0 1 90
Costa Chelsea 60 81.6% 1 0 50.0% 1 1 90

News of Cesc and Costa's strong starts swiftly spread to Spain, with Sport claiming that Fabregas has fast developed into Mourinho's "leader".

Cesc "owned the midfield, the pace of the game and played in Costa for Diego's first goal in the Premier League. [He then] gave Andre Schurrle a great pass to score the second."

El Mundo Deportivo, meanwhile, claimed Fabregas's pass for Schurrle's goal was "sensational".

"Playing in midfield alongside [Nemanja] Matic, the former Barcelona played a good game, serving a masterful pass to Schurrle. The former Atletico man Diego Costa debuted and marked his appearance with the first goal of his Blues career."

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