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More passes than any other player, as Chelsea midfielder steals the show vs Palace

Oscar and Cesc Fabregas scored sublime goals as Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea came out on top in a fiery derby at Selhurst Park.

Cesc Fabregas scored his first league goal for Chelsea as the Premier League leaders survived a late Crystal Palace fightback to maintain a five-point advantage over Manchester City.

The Spaniard has been exceptional since his move from Barcelona, and this match proved no different.

Fabregas is at his best when pulling strings in the final third and was given the licence to do just that against Palace. He had a considerable impact in the attacking half, notching his maiden goal and fashioning a further three key passes. 

  GoalsTotal ShotsAssistsChances CreatedPass Accuracy (%)Total PassesTotal Final Third PassesTouchesMins
Cesc Fàbregas 1 2 0 3 89.43 123 35 142 90

Since his arrival, he has also aided Chelsea's midfield fluidity with his intelligence and incredible passing ability.

He recorded more attempts to find a team-mate than any other player in this tie (123), finishing the match with an impressive 89.4% completion rate. No Premier League player has completed more passes (671) or created more chances (25) than the Spaniard this season.

  Total TackleInterception
Fabregas 3 1

He had a significant impact in defensive areas as well, winning three tackles - a total only beaten by Oscar - and making one interception. 

This was yet another fantastic performance from one of the Premier League's best midfield talents. Jose Mourinho will be delighted with his summer signing's display.

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