Happy Throwback Thursday, or whatever the hip internet kids are calling it these days. We don’t normally do these types of posts, but when it’s of something this good, it needs to be done.
Two years ago today, A revamped Chelsea kicked off their 2014-15 season against Burnley with a 3-1 win. That match saw the competitive debuts for two high profile summer signings, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, both of whom began their Chelsea careers in spectacular fashion.
Costa did what Costa does and equalized three minutes after Burnley’s Scott Arfield opened the scoring in the 14th minute, but the main highlight of the day came from the right foot of Cesc Fabregas. With the score even at one, the ex-Barcelona playmaker pulled off one of the best assists I’ve ever seen:
Branislav Ivanovic floated a simple ball to the top of the box where Fabregas was waiting. It seemed like a difficult ball for him to handle, but instead of taking a touch to settle, he managed to chip an inch-perfect ball right into the path of Andre Schurrle. Schurrle provided the assured finish that was a hallmark of his time at Chelsea, thus elevating the pass and the move into legendary status.
I remember watching it live and not believing what I had seen. The term “video game stuff” is way too cliché these days, but this is one of the rare occasions it’s applicable. Cesc’s always had that ability to pull off the unthinkable with one touch of class but that pass should be immortalized in some sort of technical skill Hall of Fame.
The team’s performance and possibly that one moment set the tone for a new-look Chelsea side and they went on to win the title that year.