Will Fab now get to start against Arsenal?
CHELSEA midfielder Cesc Fabregas gave his manager a reminder of his talents by scoring twice in extra time as they fought back from two goals down to knock Premier League champions Leicester City out of the League Cup 4-2 on Tuesday.
The Spaniard has played a bit-part role in Antonio Conte's Chelsea side since the start of the season. But he produced two neat finishes in the space of two minutes to turn the third-round tie on its head.
Conte will now have to decide if the performance merits a spot for Fabregas in the first XI against Arsenal in a Premier League tie on Saturday.
In other League Cup ties, record eight-time winners Liverpool eased past Derby County 3-0 while Arsenal enjoyed a 4-0 stroll at Nottingham Forest.
It was a bad night, however, for Premier League sides Everton and Bournemouth who lost to second-tier opponents.
Everton were dumped out 2-0 at home by Norwich City while Bournemouth suffered a 3-2 home defeat by Preston North End.
In the standout fixture, Chelsea seemed to be heading out when Leicester's Shinji Okazaki twice capitalised on poor defending to put the Foxes ahead.
But the Chelsea fightback began when Fabregas' corner was headed back across goal and over the line by defender Gary Cahill just before half-time.
They equalised with a stunning volley from Cesar Azpilicueta four minutes after the restart.
With extra time approaching, Leicester defender Marcin Wasilewski was sent off for a second yellow card after a clumsy charge into Diego Costa, swinging the momentum Chelsea's way.
From that moment, there only looked like being one winner and Fabregas' clinical finishes secured Chelsea's spot in the fourth round.