'More comfortable' - Chelsea star Fabregas enjoying new role

Cesc Fabregas is finally getting used to his role as a deeper central midfielder for Chelsea.

Fabregas registered his seventh assist of the season on Sunday, helping Diego Costa kill off the game against his former side Arsenal.

The Spanish international completed a switch to Stamford Bridge during the summer, and has since become a key part of the Blues side who have yet to lose a game this season.

As part of the midfield duo who have been instructed to control games, the former Arsenal and Barcelona man has arguably been the signing of the season so far. Having arrived from the intense pressing system used in Spain, the 27-year-old has had to adapt to the deeper role he is playing now - a role he has not fulfilled since he left London in 2011.

Speaking to the official Chelsea website, Fabregas said: “I haven’t played there since my Arsenal years, since 2008/2009.

“So for me to go back deep and experience again this position it took me a while. I was always pressing the ball and going forward because this is the Barcelona way and they always want you to press high.

“Some times I was leaving many holes behind me but I had to change that. Man City was the first game when I did it a little bit better and the last couple of games I am getting used to it and feeling more comfortable.”

  Mins PlayedGoal AssistKey PassesAccurate Pass% Passes Are ForwardPassing AccuracyAppearances
Cesc Fàbregas 621 7 22 514 33% 90% 7

With Fabregas tasked with the playmaking duties - duties evident from his key pass tally - it is a surprise to see just 33% of his passes are aimed forward. However, due to the less intensive style displayed by Chelsea, the need to keep hold of the ball outweighs the directness evident in recent seasons.

To provide a more defensive base next to Fabregas, Nemanja Matic is regularly tasked with sitting deep and acting as the shield to the defensive line. It is a job he fulfils with great talent, and the Spaniard has been impressed with the Serb’s performances.

He added: “Matic is a really great football player, defensively with the ball I am very impressed by him and hopefully we will grow up together more and more.”

Courtesy of Fabregas’s play in midfield, Chelsea remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League, and they lead second-placed Manchester City by five points. With the Blues often suffering in the aftermath of the October international break, fans will be waiting with baited breath to see if Jose Mourinho can continue the excellent run that has been enjoyed at the start of this season.

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