Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Cesc Fabregas "very happy" to have won over Antonio Conte

Fabregas moved to Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014- the same year Lampard departed Fabregas moved to Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014- the same year Lampard departed
Kristopher Love | 06 December, 2017, 08:30

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted that there is little other Premier League title hopefuls can do but hope for leaders Manchester City to slip up.

"If you remember the second part of last season he started to play with regularity and first part of last season I played nearly every game with [N'Golo] Kante and [Nemanja] Matic".

Atletico, twice runners-up in the last four years, must win at Stamford Bridge and hope Roma drop points against Qarabag to avoid an early exit.

Fabregas is a first choice in Conte's favoured 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 formations, but the 30-year-old playmaker is out of contract in June 2019. You can go for many more years.

I am only 30.

"We'll try our best to be consistent enough to reach the final and hopefully win".

'The objective has been reached, to qualify, but we won't relax, we want to be first in the group, ' said Fabregas.

Defending champions Chelsea have recently got into the groove as well, having dropped only two points in their last seven league outings, but will see the gap between themselves and City restored to 11 points if City beat the Hammers as expected. I'm very young. I really mean it.

"I'm where I want to be".

"I'm where I want to be". When the moment comes to talk about different things I'll be here, ready for it.

Antonio Conte has lifted the lid on how Cesc Fabregas managed to force his way back into the Chelsea manager's plans over the past 12 months. "He's a victor in his mind, in his mentality, for this reason he is very strong". "We started by scoring a goal, but in the end they have pace, ability and they have won the match".

Asked if that would provide additional satisfaction, given the saga surrounding Diego Costa which saw the striker return after three years at Stamford Bridge, Conte was evasive.

"This season he has continued to work very hard, showed me great commitment and behaviour and the coach has to make the best decision".

"If the whole team after (Tuesday's) game has to play Europa League, it can happen".