Pat Nevin reacts to Cesc Fabregas’ display in Chelsea’s win at Man City

Pat Nevin discusses Cesc Fabregas' committed performance for Chelsea against Manchester City

Pat Nevin has lavished praise on Cesc Fabregas for his committed performance for Chelsea in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Manchester City.

The Spanish midfielder has found his first-team opportunities severely restricted this season but was recalled to the starting line-up on Saturday to fill in for the injured Nemanja Matic.

Fabregas repaid his manager’s faith in him by setting up Diego Costa for Chelsea’s first goal at The Etihad as the Blues secured a thrilling 3-1 comeback win over City.

The former Arsenal captain has been forced to watch from the sidelines for much of the season but was clearly happy to step in and deliver when it counted.

And Nevin was full of praise for Fabregas and his attitude after Chelsea’s win at The Etihad.

Writing in his column for Chelsea’s website, Nevin said: “So much happened at the weekend it is almost forgotten there were a few worried faces when Cesc Fabregas had to replace Nemanja Matic in the starting line-up, thus interrupting the long run of unchanged sides Antonio Conte has sent out.

“Let’s be fair though, it is not a complete panic when it is Cesc who is the replacement, especially a Cesc who is quite clearly totally committed to the cause even though he hasn’t had many opportunities of late.

“He may never do the ratting to the level of some others in that position but needless to say few others could play the pass he played for our equaliser.”

Chelsea finished in 10th place and without a trophy last season.

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However, Conte’s men have been the form team in recent weeks and currently lead the way at the top of the Premier League table.

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