Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has apologized to Liverpool’s Ragnar Klavan following his late tackle on the Estonian defender that landed him a red card in a club friendly.
Fabregas clattered into the Liverpool new-boy with 20 minutes left on the clock and was shown a straight red for a late tackle.
After the game, Fabregas who went into the Liverpool dressing room to tender his apology as confirmed by the Kops’ manager Jurgen Klopp said:
“The way the ref was giving yellow cards, it probably deserved a red card. In the Premier League, probably you could get away with it.
“I got there late, he got a toe to the ball and then I was anxious to win the ball. It was a hard tackle, so I accept it and move on.” The former Arsenal skipper is quoted as saying on SunSport.
An early Gary Cahill goal was sufficient to divide the two Premier League sides in the first of Chelsea’s three matches in the United States.
Victor Moses, who has caught the eye this pre-season, started wide on the left against one of the clubs he has represented on loan, and he played an early first-time ball into the centre which Bertrand Traore tried to turn into the path of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but it was cut out. The two 20-year-olds were paired together in attack.
Attacking down the right flank was Willian, who was chopped down by Alberto Moreno early on at the expense of the game’s first booking out of six, but it was the strong, direct running of Moses that won the corner from which the Blues took the lead.
Cesc Fabregas delivered the ball in and despite being surrounded by three red shirts, no one could stop Cahill heading it home.