Fabregas seals Chelsea win and lifts Blues six points clear at Premier League summit

Cesc Fabregas scored a crucially important to help Chelsea cement their position at the top of the Premier League with three points gathered from a 1-0 win at Sunderland last night.

Manager Antonio Conte’s high-fliers have now opened up a six-point gap ahead of title rivals Liverpool, who are in second place, and third-placed Arsenal.

And delighted Spanish midfielder Fabregas says he is over-joyed at contributing to the Blues’ title push in the hard-fought victory, in which Thibaut Courtois showed his class with for two super saves — the second, denying Patrick van Aanholt, was particularly notable.

Now Conte’s side — who have now conceded just two goals in a thrilling 10-game winning run, look to solidify their position at the summit of the top flight when they go in search of another triumph at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Fabregas scored the only goal of the game just prior to the interval after he shot beyond Jordan Pickford following an exchange of passes with Willian.

And he was quick to emphasise the importance of the team ethic in the win over David Moyes’ outfit — with Cesar Azpilicueta’s solid display a great example of the togetherness within the Stamford Bridge group, and on his 200th Chelsea appearance.

Fabregas said:

“In the first half we were fantastic, we didn’t give them anything, They are a good team, playing at home and they want to win, so in the second half they put us under a little bit of pressure.”

“The only downside was that we need to kill games when we have the chance, but the performance was really good. We will watch the videos tomorrow but we felt we were very strong.”

“We want to keep winning, we know in this period we can send a strong message and hopefully we can continue like this.”