Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has lauded the balance new signing Cesc Fabregas and fellow midfielder Nemanja Matic have created in the Blues’ midfield.
Spanish international Fabregas joined the Blues from Barcelona in the summer in a deal worth £27 million and has since become the lynchpin at Stamford Bridge.
His performances this season have been fabulous, providing 10 assists in 12 Premier League matches while forming a formidable understanding with fellow midfielder Matic.
The Serbian maestro is the midfield protector of the team, breaking up play with regularity and shielding the Blues’ backline as illustrated by his average 3.4 tackles per game – the highest in the squad.
Jose Mourinho recently applauded the pair for providing the balance needed between defence and attack, and defender Cahill has joined in with the acclaims.
The former Bolton Wanderers man has been an ever-present figure during the West Londoners’ 19-game unbeaten run and put the club’s impressive run down to the understanding within the group.
“Cesc Fabregas coming in has really improved the team, but since last season we’ve had that foundation of a solid back four with Nemanja Matic sitting in front,” he told Chelsea's website.
“It’s worked really well for us up to now; we all know each other’s games and we all have a great understanding with each other and the way we play.
“When you are solid, with a back four and two midfielders who are happy to do the defensive duties, it gives a licence to the attacking, flair players to cause the opposition problems.
“I’ve heard the manager speak about the balance between Nemanja and Cesc and it’s been really important for us.”