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Fabregas seeks Chelsea killer instinct

ESPN staff
March 10, 2015
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Cesc Fabregas says Chelsea have been lacking a "killer instinct" this season and must be more ruthless if they are to see off Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge.

The two sides go into Wednesday's Champions League last-16 second leg with the tie delicately poised at 1-1.

Chelsea have let narrow leads slip against Manchester City twice this season and were also pegged back late on at Manchester United, with Fabregas warning his side they must capitalise on any early dominance.

"This is the thing. If I have to say what we're missing a bit this season it's that moment when, if we can kill, we have to kill," said Fabregas.

"There have been moments where we've not done that and allowed other players to push and be dangerous.

"We have to be more determined, especially when we go forward. When we get one goal, we have to go for the second and third.

"That's the only thing we can really improve. Hopefully we will have that killer instinct tomorrow and go for the game from the first second."

Chelsea have already won one trophy this season - the first of Jose Mourinho's second reign at Stamford Bridge - after beating Tottenham in the League Cup final, and Fabregas feels the confidence gained will help them push on for more silverware.

"From my experience, and especially with the national team, when we unlocked mentally that fear of quarter-finals or getting on to a really big stage, that's when we felt we could become champions," said Fabregas, who won the World Cup and European Championship with Spain.

"And once we were champions we were unstoppable. That's what we have to do. We have to believe we are the best, be mentally dominant and ready to cope with every situation.

"There will be moments against Paris Saint-Germain when they will be on top. We don't expect it to be a walk in the park, so we have to be mentally and physically ready, stick together as a team when they are being dangerous, and go for them when we can."

Chelsea have Nemanja Matic available again following a two-match ban and an ankle injury sustained while celebrating at Wembley, when he changed from his club suit into full kit to join his team-mates on the pitch.

Midfielder Matic is crucial to Chelsea's balance, but Mourinho joked with the Serbian he would not be playing after the win against Spurs was followed up with victory in the Premier League at West Ham.

Mourinho said: "I told him that we won two very important matches without him. Maybe he's not so important. He was laughing. It's also the reality that he's very important for us.

"We're happy that he's back. He's fit to play. No problem with his injury, but no football for a couple of weeks and no training too because he was really injured. He's ready to play and he's going to play."

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