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3. Play Fabregas in a deeper role

Fabregas

Chelsea’s golden start to the season last year was epitomized by none other than star signing Cesc Fabregas. The former Gunner had 15 assists by January and had rocketed into contention for beating the record for most assists in a single season with half of it still to go. However, Cesc was sacrificed at the altar of defensive solidity as Mourinho sought to consolidate Chelsea’s position at the top of the table.

Fabregas was pushed forward to a more central role while a defensive midfielder such as Mikel often took his preferred deep-lying role alongside Nemanja Matic. The result? Fabregas faded as the season wore on, with only one more assist to his name. He has shown no signs of revival this year, and it’s imperative that the Spaniard be played at a position more conducive to his play-making abilities for the floodgates to open for Chelsea again.

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