Fabregas was a vital part of the Chelsea side who delivered an outstanding performance to see off German rivals Schalke 04 5-0.
A goal inside the opening minutes of the game ended the tie as a contest before it had truly started, and Jose Mourinho implored his starting XI to not give up despite claiming the three points by half-time. They issued a thrashing to former Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo, and it could - and probably should - have been by a much, much larger scoreline.
Chelsea secured their progress to the knock-out stages of the competition, whilst also recording their joint-biggest away win in the Champions League - equalling the 5-0 win over Galatasaray from 1999. Goals from John Terry, Willian, Didier Drogba and Ramires bookended an own-goal from Jan Kirchhoff, but it was Fabregas who was once again pulling the strings from his deep-lying midfield position.
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The Spaniard played three key passes, one of which added to his incredible assist tally already registered this season. His corner found John Terry’s head for the opening goal, and, due to Kirchhoff registering the third goal, he was unlucky to not have claimed two assists - with another corner leading to the own-goal.
Under no pressure due to the impact of Nemanja Matic next to him, the 27-year-old could dictate the tempo of the game, and he attempted 100 passes, completing 90 of them - an impressive 90% pass accuracy. His tally of 100 attempted passes was 29 more than the second highest players in the game - Matic and Gary Cahill - and an incredible 31 more passes than the highest registered Schalke player. What makes his passing domination more impressive is the fact that he was substituted after 78 minutes, meaning he played for 12 fewer minutes than his main rivals in the passing category.
There is no denying that Fabregas has had a massive impact on Chelsea since his arrival to Stamford Bridge, and it is his passing ability that has allowed Mourinho to instil a new high-pressing game into the Blues. Despite a few poor weeks prior to the international break, a fortnight recovering from injury has allowed the Spaniard to reach full-match fitness again, and it is hard to see Chelsea struggling in a game in which Fabregas is controlling the midfield as he did on Tuesday night.