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Cesc Fabregas has had very limited playing time this season.

Chelsea fans made the same point about Cesc Fabregas during PAOK win

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Chelsea had already secured their progression to the knockout rounds but they still put in a dominant performance against PAOK on Thursday night.

Like every Europa League game this season, Maurizio Sarri fielded a weakened side with the likes of Jorginho, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante missing out.

But that did not matter as they convincingly won 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's task was made significantly easier when Yevhen Khacheridi was sent off after just seven minutes.

An, with a man advantage, Sarri's side opened the scoring through Olivier Giroud after 27 minutes.

The Frenchman would then score his second 10 minutes later after he latched onto a superb long ball from Cesc Fabregas.

Callum Hudson-Odoi would add Chelsea's third in the second half, his first senior goal of his young career.

And Alvaro Morata would come off the bench to complete the rout.

One man that shone on the night was Cesc Fabregas.

The Spanish international has not had too many opportunities so far this season.

Fabregas' long passing was sensational against PAOK

He has not made a Premier League start this season, having made just three appearances from the bench at a total of 48 minutes playing time.

But, he was absolutely tremendous on Thursday night.

Although he was playing against weak opposition, Fabregas completely controlled the game and made a number of incredible passes.

His assist for Giroud's second goal was just sublime.

You can watch that his involvement in that goal below:

And he also sent another incredible long range pass that Giroud really should have converted.

You can watch that pass below:

His performance drew a lot of attention on Twitter.

Chelsea fans were raving about his passing range on the night, with many noting that his his long passing was a joy to behold.

And many said that his long range passing was something that Chelsea have been missing over the course of the season.

They are spot on in that observation.

Jorginho usually plays in Fabregas' role and he usually keeps it short and doesn't attempt risky passes.

That means Chelsea sometimes lack creativity in that position.

But, Fabregas offers something completely different.

Fabregas has given Sarri something to think about with his performance

He has the ability to unlock any defence in a blink of an eye with balls over the top.

He showed on Thursday night just how much of an impact he can make when he's allowed time and space in midfield.

With Jorginho attracting criticism for his performance against Spurs on the weekend, maybe it's time for Sarri to give Fabregas more minutes in the Premier League.

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Yevhen Khacheridi
Maurizio Sarri
Jorginho Frello Filho
Cesc Fabregas
Callum Hudson Odoi
Alvaro Morata
Olivier Giroud
Eden Hazard
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