Ian Wright: This Chelsea player could have made the difference at Tottenham
The Arsenal legend believes Cesc Fabregas would have brought something different to Antonio Conte's Chelsea midfield
Ian Wright has suggested that Cesc Fabregas could have brought a different dimension to Antonio Conte’s team after Chelsea lost 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
The Italian head coach stuck with his preferred midfield partnership of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic for the short journey across London to White Hart Lane mid-week.
However, Kante and Matic struggled to contend with what was a dominant performance from Tottenham duo Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama.
Fabregas, who was a second-half substitute at Spurs, has been used sparingly by the new Blues manager this season, although the Spain international impressed on a rare start at the Etihad Stadium last month as Chelsea were 3-1 winners against Manchester City.
Speaking to The Sun Goals podcast, former Arsenal striker Wright lifted the lid on Conte’s logic to start Kante and Matic but explained why Fabregas may have been a better option.
“Cesc Fabregas might have been able to play although he wouldn’t have started for me because of the physical aspect of it,” Wright said.
“They didn’t match up anyway. You may as well have had the creativity of Fabregas to give the ball to Hazard so he didn’t have to take on three players all the time.”
Fabregas moved to Chelsea in a £27m deal from La Liga giants Barcelona in 2014.
The Spanish midfielder won the Premier League in his first season at Stamford Bridge.