The Blues have done a lot to strengthen their side during the offseason period. Chelsea acquired two world-class strikers who should correct the glaring problem up front. The club made other significant purchases, one of them being Cesc Fabregas. While all of the focus may be on forward man Diego Costa this season, Fabregas will play an elemental role in the squad this coming season.
Fabregas is set to partner Serbian Nemanja Matic in a deep-lying midfield position at the front of the defense. Matic will also play a fundamental part this season. So far the two midfielders have linked up well in the middle of the park, with Fabregas making forward runs and Matic mopping up behind him.
Fabregas is well known for his special ability to pass the football, his vision is amazing and he always knows exactly where to find his man. He is well suited to the Premier League after having spent the majority of his professional career at Arsenal. The Spaniard has already won everything on a domestic level in England and will be looking to do it all over again with his new club.
He enjoyed a wonderful preseason with Chelsea, scored two spectacular goals and made a couple of assists. Fabregas has been the one pulling the strings in midfield. He moves the play from defense to offense with smooth transition and seldom loses the ball. He invariably makes the right passes and his long range balls are always on target as he constantly plays teammates into the optimal spaces.
Fabregas also has decent scoring statistics. He dictates the pace of the game, his influence is very visible and has already made a difference. If he remains true to form, he will be a crucial factor this season.
Matic is also expected to be a determining factor. He returned to the club during the winter transfer window of this year after spending two years at Benfica. He has been solid all preseason and picked up where he left off last season. The Serbian is a beast in the midfield, reminiscent of Manchester City‘s Yaya Toure. He is strong and composed in possession; it is extremely difficult to knock him off the ball, and he is adept at winning aerial duels.
His defense is nothing short of spectacular. He is a midfield battering ram, and he dispossesses opponents with ease. His tackling ability is right up there with that of the world’s best defenders. Last season, he averaged 3.3 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 3.6 clearances per game from midfield for Chelsea.
Matic is also an asset offensively. He is a very good distributor of the ball and is surprisingly graceful for someone of his build. He has displayed a great passing range and his vision leaves nothing to be desired. He enjoyed a pass success percentage of 84.8 in 15 games for Chelsea last season.
The Serb is the ideal player in his position for Jose Mourinho. The manager is known for embracing the “holding” role, and his teams flourished when he employed Claude Makalele in the position during his first spell at Chelsea. Matic possesses all the attributes that made Makalele successful, and he is sure to get better.
Fabregas and Matic have already formed a successful partnership. Matic is the fulcrum and engine room of the team whilst Fabregas is the offensive coordinator. They are both solid midfielders and complement each other with their different skills. They are invaluable members of the team, and the success of the club depends on them as much as it depends on the new strikers.