Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte has heaped praises on Cesc Fabregas, describing his as ‘genius’ and comparing him to Andrea Pirlo.
“Cesc is a top player and is a genius at football. I can talk in the same way about Andrea Pirlo. Cesc if he doesn’t run 100 metres in 10 seconds, I can allow him this, because he’s a genius with the ball. His velocity is in his mind.”
Cesc himself has recently talked about how modern football is starting to emphasize the physical over the mental aspects, though in fairness, that’s hardly a recent phenomenon.
(Plus, he shaved off his beard. You can’t play the Pirlo role without a Pirlo beard!)
“Sometimes you must make the decision and to look the balance of the team. And sometimes you must make different decisions. For me Cesc is an important player, and I try to put him always in the best condition to give us his best for the team.”
“Don’t forget in his place is playing Kante. A lot of people spoke that he is the best player in the league. Then there is Matic that I think is playing in an outstanding way.”
“When you have two players in front of you playing so well it’s not easy. It’s the same for Willian and Pedro. For me, sometimes it’s very difficult to sleep and to make the best decision.”
“But I prefer to have this type of problem. The most important thing is these players are totally involved in the team. Cesc is playing with us and is very important for the team.”
Fàbregas has handled this new situation for him with the utmost of professionalism but it remains to be seen if he stays with Chelsea beyond this season. If he doesn’t, at least we need to make sure to send him out as a winner.