The FA Cup always throws up a number of surprises and today’s match was one Chelsea were hoping would not be one of. Nottingham Forest have a made a habit of knocking tier one teams out of the competition, notably eliminating Arsenal last season in the third round.
No such danger today as an in-form Morata sealed Chelsea’s win today scoring a double and securing a 2-0 win. Although the match wasn’t all that was on the mind of Chelsea’s fans.
It looks as though we may have seen the last match in English football for Cesc Fabregas, following an impressive career at both Chelsea and Arsenal. Following being substituted in the 85th minute, likely so that he could receive the applause of the fans, he left the field in tears. Speaking in his post match interview with the BBC he didn’t give too much away about his future, but many have alluded to it being his last game. BBC pundit Gary Lineker took to Twitter to say:
“Emotional scenes at Stamford Bridge as @cesc4official walks off the field in tears in what is clearly his last game in English football. He’s been a credit to our game. Wonderful footballer and a top bloke. Wish him well.”
Ross Barkley also speaking to the BBC said of Cesc Fabregas: “As a young lad, seeing Cesc play for Arsenal and then for Barcelona and Chelsea, you can see how intelligent he is. Playing with him has been a pleasure.
“He has played for Spain at a time when they were winning everything and he is going to go down as one of the best midfielders ever.”
Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a move to Manaco where former Arsenal team mate Thierry Henry is manager having taken over the head coach position earlier this season.