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Chelsea have been playing beautiful football this season as the Blues have dominated games with minimum fuss.

Chelsea were enjoying a perfect start to the season, before the Blues played a goalless draw against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday to put a halt to the team’s style of play.

Chelsea have seen teams sit deep and try to frustrate them with lots of men behind the ball, but the Blues have always overcome. However, the game against the Hammers was a very different clash, as it was even difficult for Maurizio Sarri’s men to get a decent opportunity despite having over 70% possession of the ball.

Chelsea hero Pat Nevin believes Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas would have been the one to unlock West Ham’s defence with his delicate passing, and he thinks Fabregas should be the one to be called upon whenever teams sit deep and try to frustrate the Blues.

Nevin said: “The gaffer didn’t bring him on, preferring Ross Barkley when he made that late midfield change.

“Another substitute had also been used up by the injury to Toni Rudiger.

“Ross played very well in Greece I thought; he was maybe even our man of the match so it’s hard to argue with the decision. He also put a few fine crosses in, had an angled shot well saved and was very energetic during his late cameo at the London Stadium.

“Cesc has a world-class ability to ‘pick locks’ and crack the defences of deep-lying teams with his incredible vision and inch-perfect passing.

“I am sure quite a few Chelsea fans had those thoughts crossing their minds, but there is the knowledge that Cesc and his talents are ready, willing and able again now after his injury.

“I suspect he will be needed regularly in our side. With this style of play and the defensive styles that teams are now choosing against us, he will be vital.”

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