48 hours of madness! Friday, AS Monaco made a huge blow. After several days of waiting, the club of the Principality has finally been able to sign Cesc Fabregas. "AS Monaco is pleased to announce the arrival of Cesc Fabregas (31 years old) from Chelsea FC. The midfielder commits for 3 and a half seasons until June 2022 ». A real reinforcement for the residents of the stadium Louis II launched thoroughly in their mission maintenance, they who are penultimate League 1. The Spanish world champion born in 87, that knows very well Thierry Henry, was recruited to bring his experience of the very high level, he who went through Arsenal, Barça and Chelsea, but also his undeniable talent.
Time to do his first training and then hazing on a Spanish song on Saturday, the 31-year-old footballer made his first steps in the shirt Monaco on Sunday so he was qualified to play. And it is at Orange Vélodrome that Fabregas, holder, played his first match with his new club. Highly anticipated, the Iberian international, positioned in the middle of the field, delivered a good performance overall. Of course, everything was not perfect. He sometimes logically lacked automation with his teammates. But he was able to find his place as and when the meeting, making beautiful sequences with his partners in the midfield or distilling some pretty passes (84% of successful passes), including one that could have been decisive for Yuri Tielemans at the end of the match (90th + 1).
Fabregas put all Monaco in his pocket
The number 44 of AS Monaco, to which the FM Editor awarded the score of 6, has made a promising start. From his coach to his teammates, the whole club is already excited about his arrival. This is the case of Rony Lopes. The offensive midfielder said all the good he thought of the Spanish rookie after the match against OM. "It's very easy to play with a player like him. He has many qualities, he will bring us a lot. We are also there to help him at the beginning. It's a treat to play with him! " And no doubt that as and when matches and training, Fabregas will rev up and bring a big plus to a Monegasque team that was at the bottom of the hole. During a post-match press conference, Thierry Henry also gave his opinion on his player. And inevitably, he was delighted.
"Cesc grew up with the game. Minute after minute, he started to put his hand on the game and mark the break, as Naldo does behind him in the middle. Rony Lopes brings us that too little. He (Fabregas, ed) was able to read between the lines. On some actions, we could have finished better. But we must try to advance step by step. But I think it's mostly for morale, the point is good if there are victories behind. Yes, it gives hope, we had opportunities, we had them against Rennes too, we are on the right track now we must try to take more points ». With Cesc Fabregas, but also Naldo, Fodé Ballo-Touré, William Winner and soon probably Michy Batshuayi, AS Monaco will have something to do for a better second half of the season!
– Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@ cesc4official) January 14, 2019