Chelsea may just be one win away from claiming the Premier League title but Cesc Fabregas, like any top footballer, also cherishes any individual accolades which come his way.
Unfortunately for the Spaniard his assist record, officially at least, is not quite as good as he thought it was when coming off the Stamford Bridge turf on Monday night having relegated Middlesbrough with a 3-0 win and moved to within three points of the title.
He has still become the first player to make it to ten assists in six separate Premier League seasons, but before he was interviewed by the Monday Night Football team on Sky Sports, the 30-year-old had himself convinced he was on eleven assists for the season, not ten.
However, it was adjudged that his cross for Diego Costa to put Chelsea 1-0 up was not an assist as it had touched Fabio before reaching the striker, something Fabregas – and to be fair most watching the game – could not quite believe.
Watch the clip below to make up your own mind.
The 30-year-old’s face when told the news afterwards, just before being handed the Man of the Match award, was a picture.
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The former Arsenal man will surely get over this one quickly though as his team this week gear up for one final push to get over the line and secure the Blues’ sixth top flight title.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena