Monday 22 January 2018

Fabregas sends reminder to Conte

Leicester 2 Chelsea 4 (after extra-time)

Cesc Fabregas. Photo: Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images
Cesc Fabregas. Photo: Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images

Cesc Fabregas sent a reminder to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as his extra-time double capped a fine comeback at 10-man Leicester.

The midfielder's quickfire brace completed the visitors' recovery as they battled from 2-0 down to win 4-2 after extra time to reach the fourth round of the League Cup.

Fabregas has been marginalised by Conte since the boss' summer arrival and has not started in the Premier League this season but proved his worth, ahead of Saturday's Premier League visit to former club Arsenal.

Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta's stunning strike helped Chelsea come from behind after defensive howlers allowed Shinji Okazaki to score twice in the first half. Leicester's Marcin Wasilewski was sent off a minute before the end of normal time as the hosts failed to build on their fine start.

Pedro had a fifth-minute goal disallowed for offside before the visitors started to hit the self-destruct button.

Cahill's heavy touch allowed Okazaki to steal the ball and Ahmed Musa nipped in and only a fortunate tackle by Luiz halted him but it was only a prelude to more Chelsea calamity which cost them after 17 minutes.

The Foxes had been quiet but Musa's cross caused chaos as Cahill failed to deal with it and the ball hit Azpilicueta.

It fell to Okazaki who nodded past the onrushing Asmir Begovic and the ball clearly crossed the line despite Azpilicueta's attempt to clear.

As bad as Chelsea and Cahill had been the defender hauled them back seconds before half time when he headed in Pedro's corner as Danny Drinkwater tried to hack off the line.

It changed the complexion of the game and within four minutes of the re-start Chelsea levelled through Azpilicueta before Fabregas stole the show in extra-time.

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