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Cesc Fabregas Delights Chelsea Fans in Debut

by alex.schaffer
Aug 18, 2014 9:35 PM EDT



Cesc Fabregas was absolutely delightful on his debut for Chelsea against Burnley. He provided two assists and was a crucial part of helping Chelsea ease past the newly promoted side. After being a controversial figure for clashing with club legend, Frank Lampard, Cesc has endeared himself to Chelsea fans in the best way, by producing results.

After Scott Arfield's stunning strike to open the scoring for Burnley, Chelsea's first goal came from dubutant Diego Costa. Costa found himself completely unmarked and pounced on a ball that deflected off of the post then fired home an easy finish. What took Fernando Torres 732 minutes, only took Diego Costa 17. The buildup play for this goal also featured a stunning backheel pass by Fabregas. Costa was later denied a penalty shout and incorrectly shown a yellow card for simulation.

Cesc's perfectly weighted pass to Andre Schurrle dissected Burnley's defense and gave Chelsea the winning goal on the day. It followed a beautiful weaving run through the defense by Eden Hazard. The goal demonstrated the combined technical abilities of several squad members and came during Chelsea's most dominant stretch of the match. It was the perfect example of why Chelsea is expected to be one of the dominant sides in all of Europe this season.

Cesc finished his contribution to the goal with an assist on the corner kick which fell directly to Branislav Ivanovic. Ivanovic volleyed the majestic corner into the goal and smashed it in a second time for good measure. The goal capped off a spectacular 17 minutes in the first half which saw Chelsea score three times, putting the game beyond reach for Burnley.

Thibaut Courtois had little work in his first start as the Chelsea goalkeeper. Many Chelsea fans were shocked to find Courtois name on the starting sheet rather than the stalwart Petr Cech. The two have been involved in a battle for the top keeper position. Also making his return debut for the Blues was club icon Didier Drogba. Drogba's only chance came off of a Courtois blast up the pitch, which Drogba narrowly missed to the left of goal in the closing stages of the match.

The opening day of the Chelsea season gave Chelsea fans reason to hope for the coming season. A solid victory over an opponent they were expected to beat. Jose Mourinho has made it abundantly clear that he expects at least one trophy from his squad. It will require many more performances like this one in order to accomplish the goals he has set for them this season. The Special One's future depends on it.