By Dominic Toner
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been dropped from the starting XI against Crystal Palace – and the club’s supporters expressed their anger on Twitter with the decision.
The 29-year-old scored the decisive goal on Wednesday as the Blues recorded a 1-0 away victory against Sunderland and extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to six points.
Antonio Conte has made two changes to the starting line up with Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic replacing Pedro and Fabregas from the win against Sunderland.
Chelsea announced their starting line up on their official Twitter account.
Chelsea team: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard. #CRYCHE
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 17, 2016
Chelsea fans are shocked by Fabregas’ omission and feel that he deserved to keep his place in the starting XI.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Prakash. (@prakash_cfc) December 17, 2016
Match winner Fabregas benched ffs
— Morata Flair (@Pranav_CFC) December 17, 2016
Fabregas is way better than Matic .. Fabregas deserved to be in starting lineup ????
— deepakU1 (@deepaku11) December 17, 2016
— EydenAzard (@JoseMourninho) December 17, 2016
why no Cesc
— Rahul (@ItsRahulcr7) December 17, 2016
— Cesar Aranguren (@CessAranguren) December 17, 2016
Fabregas has found it difficult to cement his place in the team this season and is still trying to fit into the newly-found 3-4-3 formation.
The Spanish international is currently third in the pecking order behind the impressive N’Golo Kante and Matic.
He has started two of the club’s last three games and played a starring role in both games, with an assist in the 3-1 victory against Manchester City.
Fabregas has been named on the bench for the Crystal Palace clash and will hope to make a positive impact if called upon.
The central midfielder offers a more creative outlet to the Chelsea team and Conte has gone for a more solid approach on Saturday.
In other Chelsea team news, Jamie Carragher has criticised the club’s midfielder amid transfer speculation.