Cesc Fabregas insists Chelsea will need to nullify ‘top players’ Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to defeat Leicester City in Saturday’s
Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
The Foxes travel to west London eighth in the Premier League, having won eight games this season, while Chelsea will hope a win can see them climb above Manchester United (at least till Monday night) into second.
Vardy and Mahrez, who both starred in Leicester’s stunning title triumph in 2016, are enjoying productive seasons at the King Power, scoring a combined 18 goals.
Fabregas is well aware of the threat the duo can pose, but says nothing but three points will be satisfactory this weekend.
‘You are talking about Chelsea FC, you have to win,’ Fabregas told Sky Sports. ‘They demand you to win, you have to demand yourself to win.
‘The manager wants you to win, this is our obligation. It will definitely be difficult, we know how they play and like to play with two lines of four.
‘They are very compact and have [Jamie] Vardy and [Riyad] Mahrez, who are top players, and they play the counter-attacks very well.
‘So we just have to keep an eye on them and be ready to play our game and hopefully win.’
‘We are having a good season, but obviously in the Premier League Man City are having a super season,’ the 30-year old added.
‘So when you see a team being so advanced in the table and so many points in front, it is not easy.
‘That does not mean that the others are doing badly, but they are doing incredibly well. Everything is going their way, they are scoring many times in the last minute – this is credit to them obviously because they keep pushing.
‘Everything goes their way, everything they touch turns to gold. In a way, this is a bit frustrating for the others, but we just have to keep going.’
Fabregas added: ‘We are in the Champions League, semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, we are still in the FA Cup, so there is a lot to play for.
‘If you ask me now, it is difficult to catch them because they keep winning. But we are still mid-January and this is the Premier League and anything can happen. A lot of competitions and games in front of us and them as well.
‘We just have to keep up the good work, keep fighting, winning, three points after three points and then see what happens in the end.’