Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has suggested on Kicca.com that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho should give Cesc Fabregas a rest.
The former England international made the comments following the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Chelsea were favourites to go through from the Champions League last-16 tie, having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Paris last month.
However, the Blues played out a 2-2 draw in London to get knocked out of Europe’s premier club competition.
Former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas started the game at the Bridge and played for the entire 120 minutes, but he failed to make a significant impact.
Although the 27-year-old had a laudable pass accuracy of 90% and put in six crosses, he could create only one chance and did not win a single tackle.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher was not impressed with the performance of Fabregas, and has pointed out that the former Barcelona star has been off-form for two months.
“Chelsea seemed to lack energy & power tonight not something you associate with a Jose Mourinho team, is it from the fact that the same players play continually?” the 37-year-old wrote on Kicca.com.
“Fabregas especially in the last couple of months has looked a shadow of the player we saw early in the season & looks like he could do with a rest.
“I've seen Chelsea outplayed lots of times but not over powered to often that was the surprise tonight but, credit to PSG who were superior in all departments.”
The best team went through tonight & if PSG continue in that form they've a great chance of winning the CL. Our leagues best well short.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 11, 2015
Chelsea seemed to lack energy & power tonight not something you associate with a Jose Mourinho team, is it from the http://t.co/qwiLTCNP8v— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 11, 2015
Carragher has correctly pointed out that Fabregas has suffered a dip in form over the last two months.
Before Christmas, the Chelsea midfielder scored a goal every 707 minutes, provided an assist every 118 minutes, and had a pass completion rate of 87% in the Premier League.
In eight league appearances since Christmas, Fabregas has not scored a single goal, has provided an assist every 227 minutes, and has a pass completion rate of 84%.