By Harry Sykes
Jamie Redknapp claimed that Cesc Fabregas’ pass that set up Diego Costa’s goal for Chelsea in their 3-1 win against Manchester City on Saturday was “the pass of the season”.
Fabregas was recalled to the starting XI for the Blues for the first time since their defeat to Arsenal as he replaced the injured Nemanja Matic.
Chelsea fell behind due to a Gary Cahill own goal but pulled one back after an hour when Fabregas picked out Costa with a long diagonal pass.
The in-form striker brought the ball down with his shoulder despite the attentions of Nicolas Otamendi and rifled the ball into the net.
“To see it again, this, probably, I would say is the pass of the season,” said Redknapp, analysing the Chelsea match for Sky Sports 1’s live coverage on Saturday afternoon. “What I love about Cesc is he has a picture of where is going to look and can see that Diego Costa has picked up the perfect centre-forward position.
“The weight of it is perfect, like a quarterback picking out his wide receiver. It is beautiful.”
Costa’s strike was his 11th in the league this season and lifted him one clear in the leading scorers charts ahead of Sergio Aguero, who was sent off in the closing stages of a breathless encounter and is facing a four-match suspension.
Further counter-attack goals from Willian and Eden Hazard sealed the three points for Antonio Conte’s side and extended their Premier League lead to four points.
Chelsea are now four points clear of second-placed Liverpool, who travel to Bournemouth for Sunday’s encounter at the Vitality Stadium.
City remain in third, although they could drop to fourth if Arsenal beat West Ham in Saturday evening’s London derby at the London Stadium.
In other Chelsea news, this 28-year-old got a 9/10 in our player ratings for the win over Man City.