BIG PLAYERS MUST STEP UP

Cesc Fabregas has had to face a chunk of the criticism for Chelsea’s poor form this season. The Spaniard feels that this is undeserved, but it is largely down to the impact that he had at the club last season.

Fabregas was an instrumental figure in Chelsea winning the league title – after a gap of five years – last season. He came up with a record 18 assists – most of them in the first half of the season – and a fair number of goals. This time around, he has scored only once and created only one goal for the team.

Cesc Fabregas

The spotlight was on Branislav Ivanovic during the early part of the season. Now that the Serbian has not played for almost a month due to an injury, Fabregas has now become the victim of blame. The Spaniard has not completed a game in almost a month. He has either been substituted very early or come on as a substitute in recent times.

The Chelsea midfielder has admitted that results and performance have been not good for a club like Chelsea, but he expects these to improve. The current live odds at StanJames shows they are still 5th favourites to win the title, so a lot can still happen! The Blues are 16th in the table and are facing a huge fight just to qualify for the Champions League next season. There is already a 13 point difference between Chelsea and the top four.

“If you play well you are the first to have the finger pointed at you when things are going badly. When things go well you are the best and when things go wrong you are finished, you are useless. Those of us who have been most criticised are Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and myself, but you get used to it. We’re not doing well in the league at the moment. Last year we lost four games all season and this season we have lost seven already. But Jose Mourinho is a winner,” said Fabregas.

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