Resurgence of Cesc Fàbregas asserts substance of Antonio Conte’s style

From the youthful zest of his early days at Arsenal, via Camp Nou and now as part of a reborn Chelsea squad running away with the Premier League, Fàbregas is coming of age under the Italian – and he has no intention of stopping yet

It was a throwaway line but you still knew what Cesc Fàbregas meant when, after comfortably eluding Swansea City’s grasp for 90 minutes, he was asked how he might envision the next stage of his career. “I think every time I plan something it never goes the way it’s supposed to.” If that speaks of past disappointments he could, at least, savour an afternoon in which everything came together by design.

Fàbregas chose the occasion of his 300th Premier League appearance – and first top-flight start of 2017 – to provide a best-of compilation; a highlights package in which he sharpened the knife, inflicted the wound and never quite let go against “very, very compact” opponents Antonio Conte decided would struggle with his subtlety from the start. Sometimes an afternoon works out perfectly for everyone and while his manager could take satisfaction from his own logic there was a sense of liberation in Fàbregas, whose professionalism in the face of a staccato season’s involvement has not gone unnoticed at Stamford Bridge.

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Source: Football News
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