Super Eagles of Nigeria and Chelsea midfielder has continued in his impressive form for the blues in the English Premiere League this season..
This continued as Mikel was instrumental in Chelsea’s 0-1 victory against city rivals Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.
According to Telegraph UK, Mikel made the highest number of passes in the game. He held the midfield and allowed Fabregas the leverage of charging and pressing forward.
He [Mikel] sat in front of the back four and allowed Fabregas – as well as Matic – both greater attacking freedom and less pressure to screen the defence. His job simply to get the ball – which he does often through something as simple as clever positioning.
Given the license to charge and press, Fabregas ended up making six tackles, gaining possession a total of 12 times. Both were the highest tallies on either team.
He would have been skipped past a fair few times, too, but with Mikel in behind him that did not end up fatal in the way it might have were Fabregas the last man in front of the back four.
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He made more passes than any other player on the pitch, with 83, and carried much of the threat when Chelsea were in possession.
Could it be that we might be in for another half-season of Fabregas at his best? It seems like we might well be, and if we are, Fabregas will have John Obi Mikel – and Guus Hiddink – to thank