After joining in 2014 at the back end of the World Cup, Cesc Fabregas looked passed his differences which he may of had whilst playing for Arsenal, and became Chelsea blue after completing the €33m transfer from Barcelona on a 5 year deal.
Cesc Left Barcelona against the will of the club’s president, but Fabregas forced it to make the move to Stamford Bridge. The move had Arsenal fans questioning his overall loyalty doubting he would be happy at Chelsea. Fabregas said upon his Barcelona departure…
“If I didn’t think I’d be happy at Chelsea I’d never had made this decision.”
Fabregas impressed on his Premier League Chelsea debut playing a part in two goals in the 3-1 win at Burnley to open up the season.
Upon his departure this month, that assist to Andre Schurrle is still spoken about now.
In 2014/2015 his on pitch relationship with fellow countryman Diego Costa proved a decisive factor in leading us to the Premier League title, in fact Fabregas became the first player in Premier League history to register an assist in six games in a row, even though two of those six were in his final two games at Arsenal.
In April he was known as the ‘magician with the mask’ after his 88th minute winner at Loftus Road which edged us closer to being champions of England.
At the beginning of May Cesc Fabregas became a Premier League winner, after Eden Hazard’s penalty made sure Chelsea would wrap up the title in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. In the games leading up to the trophy presentation, Fabregas was sent off for a comical misjudgment by the referee. Which was soon cut back to a minimal suspension. Days later he soon got his hands on his first Premier League title, as well as achieving the most assists in the league season.
In the 2015/2016 season it was seen as Fabregas was given a hard time by supporters as some thought he was in the involvement of the Jose Mourinho sacking, but come 2016 those theories were soon wiped out as he conducted an impressive second half to the season. Which included a brace against West Ham in a 2-2 draw.
After the announcement of Antonio Conte Fabregas seemed to have a fresh start and put behind a poor previous season by adjusting to a new system. Despite having a difficult start to the 2016/2017 season with a mixture of being left out by Conte, and a set back with an injury, his comeback was in the famous 3-1 victory at the Etihad, where he famously hit that long pass up to Diego Costa to set us on our way to victory. A week later he was involved again by setting up Diego Costa in the narrow 1-0 win against West Brom. Just before the close of 2016 Fabregas registered his 100th Premier League Assist in the victory over Stoke.
During the 2016/2017 season Fabregas also picked up his first goal against his former club Arsenal chipping Petr Cech. Respectfully he didn’t celebrate even though he was booed by his former fans. In the lead up to his second Premier League title he also made his 300th League appearance which is an ‘exclusive club’ in the Premier League and confirms him as a League legend.
2017/2018 was seen as his last full season in the Premier League, and unfortunately it was a disappointing campaign for Chelsea where no individual stood out. Fabregas still managed to complete the season with a trophy by winning the FA Cup after beating Manchester United in the Final.
This season which we know has been Cesc’s final season with Chelsea hasn’t really been a campaign where he has kicked on, with having limited opportunities under new Coach Maurizio Sarri, it has been very hard for him to crack on and cement a starting place, with Sarri preferring to use his trusted former player Jorginho.
Sarri though, has spoken highly of Fabregas and has reportedly tried hard to persuade him to stay, as he is still an important player to the squad. But the limited opportunities and even having the captains armband didn’t seem enough. His last goal for Chelsea turned out to be the winning goal in a end to end Carabao Cup tie against Derby.
His final appearance arrived in the third round of the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest where he was given the armband and had a lap of honour at Full Time, seeing him leave the pitch in tears. Just before the Forest game he made his 500th English Club appearance, which was the landmark he wanted to go out with.
Since Fabregas signed in 2014 he has managed to win two Premier Leagues titles, One FA Cup and One League Cup, gaining thirty goal contributions for Chelsea in the Premier League. He ends his time as a Chelsea great, and will go down in the history of the club having contributed highly to its recent success.
Thank You Cesc!
Written by @CFCdaily