Coupe de France: the phoenix Cesc Fabregas rises from its ashes


For an evening, we would have thought we had found the one who made Arsenal, Barça or Chelsea shine. Spearhead of the Monegasque attacks against Nice for this round of 16 of the Coupe de France (2-0), author of an assist on the first goal of Kevin Volland (1-0, 29th), Cesc Fabregas scored from its imprint the Riviera derby. A rebirth for the 33-year-old Spanish phoenix, back after two months in the infirmary with a calf injury contracted in early December. Further proof, above all, that talent has no age.

Fabregas and the “cool kiss” effect

For his second tenure in 2021 after that of February 10 against Grenoble (1-0), already in the Coupe de France, the Monegasque number 4 walked around, in particular during the first 20 minutes. Always positioning himself between the lines, he organized like a conductor the score of his teammates when the defense of the Gym never managed to muzzle his influence. His eye for offering the 14th goal in all competitions to Volland smelled good the Gunners years with his profusion of offerings for Van Persie and others …

Another example after returning from the locker room when, with a ball fondled and sent in the back of William Saliba and Jean-Clair Todibo, Cesc Fabregas launched Stevan Jovetic in one-on-one against Walter Benitez. The attacker will push his ball too far, certainly, but the quality of the pass will let out a thrill. An effect “cool kiss” symptomatic of the vista of the Catalan maestro. The one that, apart from a pandemic, makes you get up from your seat to greet the talent as it should be.

The talent and grinta by example

Free electron, sometimes behind his attacking duo, sometimes in the hallway, the Spaniard exhibited another of his qualities before leaving the pitch in the 75th minute: his grinta. Far from being the fastest of the 22 players, he has put away his technical palette to put himself, physically, in tune with his teammates. Another proof of its usefulness in a very young Monegasque group eager for examples to show it the way to success.

Since the beginning of February, Fabregas has returned to the field by playing a few ends of matches in Ligue 1. But to find traces of his last tenure in the league, we must go back to November 29 against Nîmes (3-0). An eternity for a 33-year-old player, enough to make you think about your place in the team. During his absence, the ASM chained the good performances to the point of becoming a serious contender for the title. Without him, then. But like his good outing against Grenoble in the 3rd round of the Coupe de France, his new performance of the evening shows that the Spaniard was able to ignore media considerations and permanent speculation about his ability to play at a high level. . A phoenix never dies, that’s even how we recognize it.


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