Antonio Conte Cesc Fabregas
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Cesc Fabregas appears to have fired a sly dig at Antonio Conte’s tactics during his time as a pundit for the BBC’s World Cup coverage.

Fabregas’ time under Conte’s stewardship has been a rollercoaster ride. The Italian opted to field a midfield consisting of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic during his debut season at Stamford Bridge, using Fabregas as an impact substitute.

The Spaniard was visibly dissatisfied with the role he was given, but he was continually being productive coming off of the bench, Conte was well within his rights to decide against tinkering with his system.

Following Matic’s departure, Fabregas played a more considerable role last season, but he was still forced to play with the shackles on in midfield. The football Conte had us playing was hardly expansive. That was largely down to our main source of creativity being stunted.

Fabregas appears to agree. While discussing the role that Kevin De Bruyne plays for the Belgium national team, the 31-year-old revealed that he can relate following the role he has been forced to play the past two seasons.

He’s quoted by the Daily Star saying:

“I am not a big fan of this because he is so good and he can deliver so much in the final third that I think here you are taking a bit too much from his game.”

“He has to be too much disciplined, it happened to me over the last two years, you are a bit more restricted in this position.”

We wonder what Maurizio Sarri might have in store for Fabregas…

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