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Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas reveals how he convinced Antonio Conte to trust him and explains how is working under one of the most demanding managers in football.

The Spanish midfielder was not in the Italian coach plans at the beginning of his Chelsea adventure in summer 2016 but he believes hard work allowed him to prove Conte wrong and he’s enjoying the ‘freedom’ under his the Italian coach:

“You could say freedom,” he said ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.

“We know the boss likes to have discipline in our system and game. In this way, we cover the pitch well. It’s working well.

“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried, but maybe worried is not the right word.

 

“I wasn’t part of his initial plans. You can give up or put your head down, be humble and work hard and show him he is wrong.

“You must adapt and be always ready in training.

“Physically… I wouldn’t say better than ever, but in the last few years I feel the fitness. I had to adapt myself, especially defensively. It’s not my biggest strength.

 

“Last season the boss might not have trusted me to play in a 3-4-3 but he does now.”

Conte accepted he was wrong about the former Arsenal and Barcelona star and applauded his work ethic:

“He didn’t play a lot, but through his work he changed my mind. It happened,” the Chelsea manager added.

 

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Everton - London, Britain - August 27, 2017 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring their first goal

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas played 77′ against Newcastle United before being replaced by Tiemoue Bakayoko in the second half at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard, who left the pitch after Eden Hazard’s chipped penalty, told Sky Sports: “The gap is eight points now, and there’s still a long way to go so that’s why we have to keep getting closer and closer”.

About Manchester City, Fabregas said: “I hope they slip up, they are there because they deserve it. Our job is to keep winning. We managed to come back well and at the end it was a good win.”

Chelsea are currently level on points with Manchester United, who face Arsenal at Emirates Stadium this evening, while the Citizens maintain an eight-point gap on the Blues before hosting West Ham United tomorrow (kick-off 4PM BST).

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Before Chelsea‘s Premier League game vs Swansea the Blues manager Antonio Conte stressed the idea that he has to make rotations and make every time the best decision for the team.

Now, also midfielder Cesc Fabregas confirms his manager’s words, insisting all the players must accept to sit on the bench in some occasions:  “We have to cope with the situation,” – Fabregas told the London Evening Standard – “No-one can play every three days even if we want to. If you keep playing, you will keep carrying knocks so it is good to have a break sometimes and come back fresher. To know that the team is performing and winning without Eden really being involved is very good. We started the season without him and he didn’t start against Swansea because he is the best player and needed a rest. Beating Swansea has kept the momentum going. In this period of the year it is just important to keep getting the three points. I think it is important for everyone in the team, especially the manager, to know that he can make a few alterations to the line-up and the team can still perform and get the win. It is crucial for him and the team to see that we can trust anyone. In this case it’s a double victory because everyone is hungry to win, to play and to make it difficult for the manager.”

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Antonio Conte explains his decision to bench Cesc Fabregas in crucial clash against Liverpool at Anfield last night:

“I think when you play every three days you need to rotate your players,” the Chelsea boss said to justify his choice.

“It’s hard to take some decisions, but every coach always try to take the best decision for the team. It’s important to rotate players otherwise players can be very tired.”

“Look at Cesc for example, he played every game from the beginning of the season and for this reason I took this decision.”

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The Premier League big match of this fixture 13 at Anfield ends 1-1: if Simon Mignolet was the the hero of the first half Willian and Thibaut Courtois were the ones of the second part, with the first one equalising with only five minutes to go and the second one making a miracle on Mo Salah at 91′, it would have been probably the winner for the Reds.

Chelsea were less brilliant in the second half respect to the first one and Liverpool were more in control of the game, the Blues weren’t dangerous until 80′, with Alonso missing a clear chance in front of Mignolet: until then Liverpool had deserved to be 1-0 up, with Salah scoring after a super play by Coutinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Egyptian didn’t celebrate in sign of respect for his former team.

As we reported before the Blues were better in the first part of the game when they created three dangerous chances and Mignolet saved all of them being superb on Hazard and Drinkwater and deflecting in corner on Zappacosta.

Mo Salah trashed the only clear chance Liverpool had in the the first part when he shot wide alone in front of Courtois right before half-time.

Fabregas was surprisingly left on the bench by Conte in this important clash but it was when the Spaniard entered after Salah’s goal that the Blues started to improve their playing in the second half.

David Luiz was benched again by the Italian boss and now the situation is every day worse for the Brazilian defender, set to left Stamford Bridge after falling out with Conte.

With this important draw, and thanks to Spurs’ 1-1 at home with WBA, Chelsea maintain the third place in the Premier League table with 26 points behind Manchester ( 29) and Manchester City ( 34): Citizens still have to play against Huddersfield Town away, tomorrow afternoon, and can increase their gap oh the chasers.

 

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LIVERPOOL – Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Milner, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Sturridge.

Subs:  Karius, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Mane, Lallana, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold.

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Morata.

Subs: Caballero, David Luiz, Rudiger, Moses, Fabregas, Willian, Pedro.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

 

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Mission accomplished for Chelsea: Antonio Conte’s side trash Qarabag in Champions League group stage day 5 and qualify for the Last 16 stage of the competition.

The Blues scored two penalties, one with Eden Hazard in the first half, and one with Cesc Fabregas in the second; Willian scored twice and the game finished 4-0.

Now Chelsea are top of the table with 10 points and are sure of their place in the Last 16 stage.

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Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed in his England debut last week and he is collecting many good performances in his current loan at Crystal Palace this season.

Next season Ruben Loftus-Cheek will make his way back to Stamford Bridge to play with Chelsea and Blues legend Pat Nevin believes the youngster must try to emulate what another Chelsea player is doing now after spending some seasons on loan.

Ruben for his part still has to muscle his way past Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater when he comes back to Stamford Bridge, and this will be no easy task”. – Nevin told Chelsea official website – “If however he continues to impress for England and is clearly the best of the bunch at Crystal Palace for the rest of the season, I am convinced he will get a chance. The perfect example for these two is Andreas Christensen. He played some first team football here, but he earned his stripes as well as made his mistakes playing with Borussia Moenchengladbach. They were playing not only in the Bundesliga but also the Champions League and when he won that club’s Player of the Year, it was clear he had shown he was good enough to be part of the Chelsea squad”.

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Cesc Fabregas played a key role in Chelsea‘s victory over Manchester United last time out. The Spaniard, who was involved in the game as attacking-midfielder, helped Kante and Bakayoko providing several assists for Alvaro Morata alongside with Eden Hazard.

 

 

“We had plenty of chances, especially in the first half, – Fabregas confirmed – We probably could have killed the game off in the second half to be honest, but it was a very good performance and the game was a little bit more open that we expected”.

“We prepared for the game in a certain way because we know they like to defend. We know they like to close one side and move across, and we felt if we maybe left the interiors open, and attacked in the space, we could create problems, and that’s what we did”.

“We had more possession than ususal which, for me, is something we’ve been lacking. We had the personality to play and we said before the game that it’s fantastic to defend well, in a block, but we need to play. This is a team, in my opinion, with fantastic players and we need to take advantage of that. We had a lot of the ball, we created chances and we played like a big team. We should be proud”.

Fabregas added: “If you play for Chelsea Football Club you need to win every single game, there is no game bigger than another. I understand that for the fans and the media, Chelsea against Manchester United will always be a big game, but you go to any stadium in the Premier League now and it’s difficult, we experienced it at Crystal Palace”.

“We just have to keep going. It’s fantastic to get three points before the international break and now we must prepare for our next game in two weeks”.

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Speaking in an exclusive interview to Standard Sport, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was full of praise for his club as he left doors open for a contract extension when his current deal at Stamford Bridge expires.

When asked if he would like to renew with Chelsea, the Spaniard said: “Yes, because it is a club that has always treated me well. I believe the fans have a lot of respect for me and I have a lot of respect for them. I have given my all for the club for the last three-and-a-half years”. 

“This is a fantastic club for me and I have had a fantastic time here. Hopefully another contract will happen. Time will tell.” Fabregas, who has been previously linked with a move to AC Milan and West Ham United, ended.

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