Mateo Kovacic’s loan move from Real Madrid pushed the 31-year-old further down the pecking order in the midfield, but Fabregas is enamoured with his new manager’s style of football.
‘I had a hard time when I first came here with a few little niggles but that was expected after a long-term injury. I want to keep improving and scoring goals.
Chelsea are now unbeaten across all competitions this season, and Hazard has been integral to that run, notably for his match-winning performance against Liverpool in the Football League Cup last month.
Fabregas started in our 1-0 win over Vidi but hasn’t played a single Premier League game for us this season. This is what I like. I think one touch, sometimes two.
“Maybe I need to think about that, some people only think about goals”.
I interviewed him with Laura Woods afterwards and you could see the glint in his eye.
“I’d love to stay at the club”, he said. I’m very happy for the players – but we can do more.
An excellent day for Chelsea was rounded off by Alvaro Morata scoring in injury time.
Fabregas added: “He was stressing out a bit so the goal will do him a lot of good”. At the risk of ChelsTwit coming down upon me, Chelsea suffer through another win. His attitude is spot on and he always tries his best.
“In the defensive phase we can do more”.
“I’m very open about it”, Fabregas said.
Meanwhile, Chelsea FC are aiming to break back into the top four this season after they finished fifth and won the FA Cup last term under Conte. While the Blues looked bereft of ideas in the final third last season, Sarri’s side are bursting with creativity – allowing talismanic forward Eden Hazard to flourish in a formation that suits him down to the ground.
The confidence and belief that has grown within Sarri’s side during the opening weeks of the season was evident in the way Chelsea overwhelmed Southampton during the opening stages of the game, denying the hosts the opportunity to establish any kind of foothold.
‘I’ve had to bide my time, ‘ Barkley added.