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Since the 3-0 defeat away at Rome in the Champions League, Chelsea have been on fire, winning all their games and not conceding a goal yet.

And Paul Merson believes Cesc Fabregas is the catalyst for Chelsea’s rise in form as he strings things in the middle of the park.

He wrote in a column for Daily Star: “Cesc Fabregas has dragged Chelsea back into the title race – and Manchester City better watch out.

“That heavy defeat by Roma was a wake-up call and now they’ve got players playing to the best of their ability again.

“But it’s all down to a little tactical tweak with Fabregas. He’s a liability when he has to play as a holding midfielder, but since they’ve played two in there with him it has all clicked.

“N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko give him the freedom to play like a quarter-back and spray passes around – and it’s working.

“Before, Chelsea were as bad as Arsenal without the ball. But now they look solid again. And as for his ball for Hazard’s goal against West Brom, how many other players could have played that pass?

“Sometimes you need a defeat to get you going and I think losing 3-0 to Roma really woke them up.

“City are out in front and flying but the way Chelsea are playing, they will be in there come the end of the season.”

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