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.