Antonio Conte Praises Professional Attitude of Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas has lost his place in a Chelsea first-team upon the arrival of Antonio Conte and this has been a major surprise given the quality of the Spanish playmaker.

He has performed exceptionally well – apart from a couple of poor periods – in his two years at the club. Hence, it was surprising to see him on the bench even from pre-season. It has been speculated that Fabregas has been looking towards a return to Spanish football with his place at Chelsea being unsure. After being on the substitutes bench for the opening game, Fabregas was not called upon even when the blues were chasing the game.

However, he has made a huge difference by coming on to help the team win in the 2-1 victory over Watford while going on to star in the 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup. Now, it appears that there may be a chance for Fabregas to return to the first-team after manager Conte praised his attitude despite being on the bench for key matches. The Italian says that Fabregas has been an exemplary professional and he has not reduced the work that he puts into training as a result of being dropped. A couple of injuries may see Fabregas back in the reckoning for the first team action.
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Antonio Conte warns everyone that Chelsea could suffer again

Antonio Conte made a name for himself as a top manager after successively winning 3 Serie A titles with Juventus and these achievements played a huge role in allowing Conte getting recognized as someone who can win significant titles and be in charge of big squads.

After Conte’s time with Juventus was over, he opted to become the new manager of the Italian national football team as he replaced Cesare Prandelli who had resigned from his managerial position in the national side.

During Conte’s charge in the Italian side, he managed to lead Italy to the top of their group which was the first time that they had managed to do it in a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup and Italy was eventually knocked out in the quarter-finals after losing against Germany in a penalty session.

The latest managerial position of Antonio Conte is with the Premier League side Chelsea and the experienced tactician is the man that was selected to rescue the English outfit from their previous disappointing season where they finished at the 10th spot of the English League.

Conte is regarded as a top class manager and this is why he was the man chosen to bring back the glory days of Chelsea but the Italian coach himself has stated that the task of winning the Premier League title or even snatching a European position will be a difficult one and that there is a big risk of seeing them underperform once again unless the necessary changes and steps are properly taken.
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Former Arsenal play maker, Cesc Fabregas opines that the much anticipated UEFA Champions League final match billed for the 28th of this month might go into extra time, just like the last time both teams, Real Madrid and their city rivals, Atletico Madrid, met two years ago.

The Chelsea’s Spanish midfielder predicted an even UEFA Champions League final between both teams on Saturday, noting that the football game might go beyond the regular play.

The Ex-Barcelona midfielder who was pictured taking a dip with his girlfriend Daniella Semaan, 41, in Miami, played against both teams when he was playing in Spain. The 29-year old star used the holiday to relax ahead of the Summer Championship in France, with Spain among the favourites to lift the coveted prize despite successive victories. Spain lifted the trophy in the 2008 and 2012 seasons and are gunning for the third consecutive victory. Read More

Cesc Fabregas prefer to see Leicester win the title than Tottenham Hotspurs

Cesc Fabregas has stated that he would want to see Leicester City win the league rather than their London rivals, Tottenham Hotspurs.

This could add further spark to the next game which sees Tottenham visit Chelsea on Monday.

But some pundits believe that this comment has added pressure on Chelsea to beat Tottenham. But with Leicester City visiting Manchester United on Sunday, there is the possibility that Leicester would have already been crowned as champions.

If not, then Chelsea will have a major say in the destination of the Premier League title as they still have to play against Leicester City in the final game of the season.

Eden Hazard has also stated that he want Leicester City to win the title and has vowed to have a good game to help beat their London rivals.

Chelsea, who is currently the defending champions, have had a poor campaign this season and is currently 9th in the league. Their poor start to the season has even caused their manager Jose Mourinho to be sacked and replaced with GuusHiddink. Read More

Cesc Fabregas believes it’s hard to return to Arsenal

On one of Gerard Pique’s Periscope, a question was asked to Cesc Fabregas about a possible return to Arsenal. Fabregas shook his headed and added that it would be difficult.

It was evident that Fabregas still have some attachment to the club that formed him and made him a star player. Indeed, he made 303 appearances for the London team and managed to score 57 goals for them. He was also the club’s captain from 2009 to 2011 and was a fans favorite.

He left the club to return to his youth team Barcelona where he will manage to make 151 appearances for the Spanish club. He scored   42 goals along the way. He won La Liga, the Copa Del Rey as well as the UEFA Super Cup during his times with Barcelona.

After 3 years in Spain, Fabregas made his mind to return to the Premier League and wanted to go back to Arsenal. However his place was already filled with the arrival of Mesut Ozil, and Wenger did not want to take his club captain back. Jose Mourinho seizes the opportunity to have the gifted player in his team, and he signed for Chelsea. Read More

Fabregas: ‘’It was the players who let Mourinho down’’

Back in December of 2015, Jose Mourinho was sacked from his managerial position in Chelsea and this was due to the string of negative results that the Premier League club sustained under the tutelage of the Portuguese coach.

Jose Mourinho was heavily critiqued in this period of time with the media insulting the playing style, formations and decisions that the veteran manager was doing in his last year in charge of Chelsea.

However, Cesc Fabregas has recently come out and stated that it was the performers of the Premier League club which had to be blamed for the string of underwhelming and Jose Mourinho did not deserve all the criticism that he received.

“I can reiterate that I had an exceptionally good relationship with Jose Mourinho as I will aim to have with any coach that I play for. The football club is more important than any one player. We have all let the manager and club down this year as a collective unit. We will get this right of that I am sure. With all your help we can put this period behind us and make Chelsea great again’’ The Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas wrote on his instagram account after Mourinho was offloaded from Stamford Bridge. Read More

Cesc Fabregas was once regarded as a legend around North London

Cesc Fabregas was once regarded as a legend around North London – especially around the Emirates stadium. He had spent eight years at Arsenal before moving to his home club Barcelona. However, he has become enemy number one all of the sudden after making the move to Chelsea, who are one of the big rivals for Arsenal apart from Tottenham.

This combined with Fabregas winning the league title in his first season at Chelsea – after having failed to do the same in eight years at Arsenal – has made him viewed as one of the opposition. The midfielder, though, says that he still has the same love for Arsenal that he developed while playing more than 300 games for the club.

The 28-year-old will be coming up against his former club once again. He has already been against Arsenal twice last season. On both occasions, Chelsea came out in front. His role in the home match against the gunners was especially impressive, as he provided the assist for Diego Costa to score one of his 20 league goals. Fabregas is set to face more abuse from his former supporters when Chelsea take on Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday. This match is the traditional curtain raiser for the Premier League campaign. Read More

Vicente del Bosque came up with a highly experimental line-up

As promised, Spain manager Vicente del Bosque came up with a highly experimental line-up for the recent game against Costa Rica.

The team had suffered a 2-0 defeat against Netherlands in the previous game back in April. This shock score was yet another setback for the national team and it has been continuing since the World Cup 2014. Del Bosque has been urged by the Spain fans in order to try new players for the national team. The ageing names like Andres Iniesta and Iker Casillas could depart from the national team once and for all.

However, this will give a great opportunity for the likes of Cesc Fabregas to finally establish themselves on the international stage. The Chelsea midfielder is a crucial player for the national team but he has never got the attention as the likes of Iniesta. Part of the problem has been Fabregas’ positioning on the field. The 28-year-old has been shifted across numerous positions in order to accommodate the players. This one second was the case in the recent game against Costa Rica, but Fabregas made his mark felt by scoring an excellent goal. This was the Spain midfielder’s 14th goal in 97 appearances. He will join the growing band of Spain stars to have made more than 100 appearances. Read More