Clarets boss applauds Fabregas ‘magic moment’

Cesc Fabregas closes down Scott Arfield
Cesc Fabregas closes down Scott Arfield

Even Sean Dyche admits he had to applaud the sublime pass from Cesc Fabregas for Chelsea’s second goal in their 3-1 win at Turf Moor on Monday night.

Dyche has analysed the game since, and feels the Spaniard’s clipped, volleyed ball for Andre Schurrle to round off. 24-pass move, was a “magic moment.”

It brought gasps from the crowd and watching media, with little the Burnley defence could do about it, and Dyche said: “The Fabregas pass is arguably the best I’ve seen in a long, long time because of the control, the awareness, the quality and shape of the pass - it lands perfectly for him (Schurrle) to guide it into the goal...you don’t see that every week.”

And he smiled: “It’s the best pass I’ve seen since myself dribbling it out at Chesterfield, smashing it 75 yards for Andy Morris to head down, even with a bit of chop spin and side swipe!

“But forgetting about winning and losing, there is a reality - they are magic moments.

“I’m in football and they are magic moments of technical ability. You hope they’re for your side, if not, people witnessed an absolutely fantastic piece of play and you have to hold your hands up.

“We still picked the bones out of it, could we do this or that, but it was an absolutely fantastic moment.”

Asked whether Burnley’s welcome to the Premier League came as a surprise, he added, noting Chelsea’s clinical first half period when they came from 1-0 down to lead 3-1: “It would be a surprise for it to be like that 20 minutes every week!

“They were excellent and we had to find a way of breaking their press, play slightly longer than we wanted.

“Jose (Mourinho) mentioned that afterwards. I don’t think he was being disrespectful, we did tell the players to go slightly longer because their midfield was so dominant.

“If you try and play through there...they were pressing which hasn’t always been a trait.

“They were out of their blocks quick, so we had to change our style to try and affect the game.

“We got off to a good start, but for 20 minutes, people tell me it looked unplayable.

“The rest of the game, I thought we played quite well. We have to be aware of what we’re trying to do, and achieve, the shape, the tactics, the energy - I was quite pleased.

“Someone actually asked me has that harmed our chances of staying up! First game against Chelsea at home...it just made me laugh!”