While question marks have been raised over Cesc Fabregas’ future at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard produced a match-winning appearance against Leicester on Tuesday night, helping the Blues to a 4-2 EFL Cup win against the Premier League champions.
A first-half brace from Shinji Okazaki had put Claudio Ranieri’s charges 2-0 up in the game at the King Power stadium.
However, the Blues fought back, via goals from defenders Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta (on 45 and 39 minutes respectively). Indeed, the latter was quite a cracker…
As the game headed towards extra-time, Leicester made things harder for themselves with the sending-off of Marcin Wasilewski for elbowing Diego Costa.
It took just two minutes of extra-time for Fabregas to score the first of his brace, with the playmaker producing a fine controlled effort after a cheeky back-heel from Eden Hazard.
Then, within two more minutes, the former Arsenal man made it 4-2 for Chelsea, via a another decent finish.
While the result will have disappointed Foxes’ boss Claudio Ranieri, despite an overall decent display from his side, Chelsea manager Antonio Conté will be pleased by his side’s resilience (and Fabregas’s potent performance).