28-year-old should be axed: Three things we learned about Chelsea in win against Hull
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Chelsea’s 2-0 victory against Hull in the Premier League on Sunday.
Matic should be axed for Fabregas
Nemanja Matic should be left out Chelsea’s starting line-up for their games against the lesser sides in the Premier League. The 28-year-old is the preferred option alongside N’Golo Kante in the midfield, but both players are defensively mined and should only be the combination in matches with their top six rivals. Fabregas should come into the starting XI against the league’s lower ranked teams as he is better in possession than Matic. The Spaniard was used a second-half substitute against Hull and got the assist for Gary Cahill’s goal, while also playing a defence splitting pass through to Diego Costa. Matic is certainly a crucial player of the squad and is very effective in the tight matches, but Chelsea should be attacking and deploy Fabregas at his expense in games like Hull.
Costa back with a bang
Diego Costa put all the speculation to one side and proved that his mind is still very much focused on Chelsea. The striker may be looking for a move from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, but certainly looks determined to win the Premier League title this season. The Spain international was one of the most hard working players on the pitch and his alleged training ground bust-up appears to have been forgotten. He has been one of the Premier League’s best players this season and is crucial to Chelsea’s title hopes. Costa opened the scoring with a good finish inside the penalty area after finding space in a crowded box. He is back in pole position for the golden boot competition and will take some stopping based on his current form.
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David Luiz looks like a leader
David Luiz received some harsh criticism during his first spell with Chelsea , but he has certainly returned as a top-class defender. The Brazilian was considered a liability by most people during his first time in England and was eventually moved on to Paris-Saint Germain. However, he has come back to Stamford Bridge much improved and now looks like the leader in the side. Luiz has thrived in a three-man defence, where he has Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill either side of him. The centre-back was superior in all aerial battles against Hull and also has a great range of passing.
In other Chelsea news, the club have lined up a big-money move for a Premier League star.