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Cesc Fabregas was the man of the match in Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Manchester United. The Spaniard returned to form as he was in a three-man midfield involving N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

And speaking after the game, Fabregas revealed his delight at Chelsea’s game play and ability to keep possession of the ball.

“We had plenty of chances, especially in the first half, and we probably could have killed the game off in the second half to be honest,” said Fabregas. “But it was a very good performance and the game was a little bit more open that we expected.

“We prepared for the game in a certain way because we know they like to defend. We know they like to close one side and move across, and we felt if we maybe left the interiors open, and attacked in the space, we could create problems, and that’s what we did.

“We had more possession than ususal which, for me, is something we’ve been lacking. We had the personality to play and we said before the game that it’s fantastic to defend well, in a block, but we need to play. This is a team, in my opinion, with fantastic players and we need to take advantage of that. We had a lot of the ball, we created chances and we played like a big team. We should be proud.”

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