The Chelsea midfielder has struggled for game time so far this season, but has assured Blues fans that he is ready to fight for his place.
After last night’s man of the match performance against Leicester City in the EFL Cup, Spanish playmaker Cesc Fabregas was asked about his current situation at Chelsea, having not made a Premier League start so far this season.
In the post-game interview with Sky Sports, he did not hold back, stating: ‘I was happy to play, first of all, from the start… Hopefully this will shut a few journalists, a few dailies, a few whatever who are talking rubbish all the time and focus on what is important. Chelsea winning, focusing on playing well and when I have the chance, show what I can do because I know what I can do and it’s a lot for this team’.
Fabregas later noted: ‘It’s a new situation for me in my career after 13 years of basically playing all the time for my club and national team. And it’s been tough – I’m not going to deny it. But the last thing I will do is complain or put my hands up and give in’.
‘Something from inside is coming out stronger than ever and I just feel like a little boy in training trying to win my spot back as I used to do at Arsenal when I was 16. Hopefully I will achieve it again‘ the Spaniard said.
‘My coach deserves respect because I know he wants to win and if he doesn’t play me there is always a reason’.
‘Hopefully I can open his eyes and make him see that I deserve to play‘.
An admirable attitude I’m sure we can all agree, and one that aspiring young footballers should pay heed to.
Despite falling behind both NGolo Kante and Nemanja Matic in the pecking order at Chelsea this season, there is little doubting the quality still possessed by Spanish international Fabregas. After uncharacteristically struggling last season, he has looked back to his brilliant best in limited minutes so far this season, notching two goals last night as well as a timely assist at Watford in just a 13 minute stint on matchday 2 in the Premier League.
The biggest problem facing the former Barcelona man is that Conte seems to have decided on lining-up with two holding midfield players to enable his front four of Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa to roam free. A defensive midfield role is certainly not one which suits Fabregas’ game, as his biggest influence has always been felt in a more attacking role.
Italian tactician Conte has proven himself to be rather stubborn when it comes to re-evaluating his tactics, as he proved on numerous occasions when utilising a 3-5-2 with Juventus in Europe to no avail. Unless Conte suddenly decides that he wants to be less rigid, and in truth, a tad less stubborn with his team selection (which seems unlikely for a modern football manager. E.g. Arsene Wenger, Louis Van Gaal), then Fabregas may be forced to consider a January transfer, with AC Milan rumoured to be circling.
Chelsea continue their Premier League campaign with a trip to the Emirates stadium to face the Spaniard’s former club Arsenal this weekend.