Chelsea FC’s Cesc Fabregas sets Premier League assists record
Cesc Fabregas made just his 11th Premier League start of the season for Chelsea Football Club, setting up two goals in a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough F.C. on Monday.football Updated: May 10, 2017 08:27 IST
Cesc Fabregas has become the first player to record 10 assists in six different Premier League seasons.
Fabregas reached the milestone inChelsea Football Club’s Premier League game against Middlesbrough F.C. on Monday, teeing up Nemanja Matic for the third goal at Stamford Bridge.
The midfielder lifted a clever ball over the Middlesbrough defence and found Matic, who took it down and fired through the legs of goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney have both managed to reach 10 Premier League assists in five seasons, but former Arsenal Football Club starlet Fabregas now stands alone as one of the division’s leading playmakers.
The ex- FC Barcelona man also created the opener for Diego Costa, only for Cesar Azpilicueta to get the final touch before the Spain international striker broke the deadlock.
Fabregas said he is “proud” of his personal contribution in Chelsea’s success through the season.
The Spain international began this season’s campaign outside the Chelsea first team and Fabregas acknowledged it was hard to get used to not being an integral part of Antonio Conte’s plans.
“It’s been a different year for me, I’m used to playing every year at every club I’ve been at but I’ve matured a lot,” Fabregas told Sky Sports. “It’s not easy and people told me I’m not the type of player for Antonio and that I should leave, but I like challenges.
“Obviously I haven’t played every game but I’ve played in the last 20 matches. I feel the quality of my minutes has been fantastic, my contribution is perhaps bigger than a full season where I play every game.
“I’ve had to have patience and play for the team and hopefully we can win another title and win another [FA Cup] final. I’m proud of what I’ve done and proud of the team.”
Defeat at Stamford Bridge relegated Middlesbrough back to the Championship and Fabregas felt Chelsea asserted their dominance against Steve Agnew’s side.
“We knew what we had to do, it was a tough game with the pressure - positive pressure - but winning a title is not easy,” Fabregas added.
“It was a big step forward to win against a side fighting for their lives. We played a very good game and knew exactly what we had to do and in the end it was a comfortable win. I think when you are used to winning with players who have won a lot, after last season with our bad form you lose confidence at important moments. This season we bounced back quickly.
“[Middlesbrough] are a tough side and it wasn’t easy but well played to everyone and we deserved it.
“I think consistency is key in this league and obviously we had that amazing 13-game winning run that gave us a lot of confidence. It’s not done yet - one more push - but we’ve been the best team and the most consistent.
“We’ve been working very hard, a lot of running and tactics, but we have to be realistic. We didn’t play in the Champions League so we had a lot of weeks where we could prepare physically in a fantastic way, where you cannot in a normal season due to all the travelling.”
First Published: May 09, 2017 14:40 IST