Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has made a great start to life back in the Premier League.
He seems to have a telepathic connection with Blues striker Diego Costa, which has allowed Chelsea to stroll to a position at the top of the Premier League as the division’s top scorers.
However, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes he has a flaw in his game, which he demonstrated in the game against Swansea City.
“When you watch Fabregas play, he’s always looking to hunt down the ball – you can’t play like that in a two man midfield, because it leaves space and leaves the other central midfielder exposed,” said Neville on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
Fabregas’ desire to hunt possession more than likely relates back to his days at Barcelona.
One of Barca’s main tactics when they don’t have the ball is to win back possession as quickly as possible, as they are a side that relies on dominating games and building pressure which can force mistakes.
Fortunately for Chelsea, Jose Mourinho recognised the problem quickly and opted to bring Ramires into the game for the second half, a player more defensively disciplined than Fabregas.
“He brought Ramires on and I think in big games this season, Chelsea will go back to the 4-3-3 they used to use.”
Mourinho seems to want a bank of two midfield players, which is difficult for the opposition to break through and dropping Oscar, bringing in Ramires and pushing Fabregas further forward isn’t a bad tactic.
Fabregas has been sitting in Chelsea’s midfield and pulling the strings but he can move further forward into a number ten role quite comfortably.
The Portuguese coach is one of the best tacticians in the English game and while Fabregas may lack the discipline to play in a two man central midfield system, the Blues have other options which should help them see out results in big games this season.