fabregas - we were not clinical

Cesc Fabregas appears to have hit out at Chelsea’s forwards, insisting that they’ve not been at their clinical best this season. Chelsea have a slim chance of making it to next year’s UCL competition despite the win over Liverpool on Sunday.

Fabregas has now admitted that club’s average performance has been down to their failure to put away chances consistently throughout the season.

“We could have won more if we had been more clinical and that’s been our weakest point this season,” he told Sky Sports.

“We are taking more chances because we are winning, and that’s the most important. I think defensively as well, we have been keeping clean-sheets.

“But the biggest regret this season, it’s been up front, not taking our chances. We have had many, many chances to score in games – to win games that we didn’t win.”

Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s leading goalscorer in all competitions with 16 goals, while Alvaro Morata can only boast of a meager 15 goals in 45 appearances for the Blues. Batshuayi was loaned to Dortmund, while the club signed Olivier Giroud to beef up their striking options and it appears to be paying off in short time.

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“Oli is helping us a lot in certain things that maybe we were lacking,” he said. “The most important is he is scoring big goals which is what we ask – especially me as a midfielder. This is what we want – the strikers put their chances away and make the team win points.”

Fabregas went on to admit that Chelsea has fell short this term with regards to the precedent they set last season.

“We haven’t done well enough in trying to retain the title. It’s true that we expected to do better,” he added. “The reality is that up until mid-January we were good, in a strong position in basically all competitions.

“But Man City have gone into another level this year. They have been playing very well. They didn’t give a chance – the same way we didn’t give anybody a chance last year.

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“Congratulations to them, and next season we must make sure we come back stronger than ever.”