Fabregas hopes EFL brace shuts up critics

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Cesc Fabregas felt he sent a message to his critics in the media after his extra-time brace secured a 4-2 comeback win for Chelsea over Leicester City in the third round of the EFL Cup.

Shinji Okazaki capitalised on some poor defending to give the hosts a 2-0 lead at the King Power Stadium but Gary Cahill headed Chelsea back into the contest on the stroke of half-time.

Cesar Azpilicueta volleyed a magnificent equaliser in the 49th minute when Fabregas' cross was partially cleared and the Spain playmaker made the most of Chelsea's numerical advantage - Leicester defender Marcin Wasilewski was sent off for striking Diego Costa in the 89th minute - with two goals inside the opening four minutes of the additional period.

Fabregas, who is yet to start a Premier League game under Antonio Conte, told Sky Sports: "The team were fantastic. Hopefully this will shut [up] a few journalists, a few dailies [daily newspapers], a few whatever who are talking rubbish all the time.

"Let's focus on what is important - Chelsea winning. I am focused on winning and playing well when I have the chance to show what I can do.

"Because I know what I can do and it is a lot for this team."