Cesc Fabregas is never as effective in the second half of the season - the stats prove it

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It was another quiet night for Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas in Wednesday's Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain.

The stats seem to show that the Spaniard always dips in the second half of a season, with a largely anonymous display at Stamford Bridge against the French champions far from a one-off.

The figures, collected by OptaStats, show that since the 2009/10 season Fabregas has had direct involvement in 86 goals in the first half of campaigns, compared to just 33 in the second half of the season.

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The midfielder has not scored since the 2-0 victory at Stoke City on December 22. He still boasts the most assists in the Premier League this season with 15, six more than Manchester United's Angel Di Maria in second place.

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Chelsea exit in subdued fashion

Fabregas was ineffective as Jose Mourinho's side were sent crashing out of the Champions League by 10-man Paris Saint Germain on away goals following a tense extra-time period.

Gary Cahill's strike looked to have put the Blues through before their former defender David Luiz smashed a header past a motionless Thibaut Courtois to take the tie to extra-time.

An Eden Hazard penalty then put the Premier League leaders back in front, before a late Thiago Silva header saw the Parisians progress to the quarter-finals.

All this drama came after Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw red after a tackle on Oscar after half an hour. That means Unless Arsenal or Manchester City can conjure up some magic in their away ties next week, there will be no English club in the quarter finals of Europe's elite competition.

Fabregas joined the west Londoners for £30million last summer. Even in their heated El Casico clashes, ex-Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho remained a great admirer of the 27-year-old. 

Now his side are out of the Champions League, Fabregas will be hoping he can re-discover his early season form to help Chelsea over the line in the race for the Premier League. They currently hold a five-point lead over champions Manchester City, with a game in head on their rivals. 

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