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Conte's system suits me - Fabregas

Published:Saturday | December 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM

After enduring a difficult start under new boss Antonio Conte, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he now feels he is settling into the Italian's system at Stamford Bridge.

The Spain international seemed to be on the fringes of the Chelsea squad for much of the early season, with Nemanja Matic and N'Golo Kante dominating minutes in the middle of the Chelsea midfield, but Fabregas has started two of the past three fixtures in recent weeks.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona man has made the most of his opportunities, scoring the winner against Sunderland on Wednesday.

"People forget it's only the second time in my life, in my whole career, I've played this system," Fabregas said. "My teammates have played a lot more than me. Against Manchester City [in early December], it was a big test because it was the first game. I'm getting used to it. I feel very comfortable.

"I have a lot of players in front of me, so I can pick passes between the lines. they run into space and I have protection behind me. I'm really enjoying it, and I think it suits me a lot."

"People say I cannot defend, but I recovered the ball, went forward, and scored [against Sunderland]," Fabregas added. "I know what I can do, but the problem is I haven't had minutes, and if you don't play, you can't show what you can do."

"In football nowadays, people forget very quickly who you are, what you've done and what you can do. Hopefully, now I can have a run of games to keep my fitness up and show what I can do."

Chelsea's midweek win was their 10th on the trot, and Fabregas believes his team has a good shot at winning the Premier League title.

"We can compete. I've seen many times teams winning titles Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea where these 1-0 victories are so important. Hopefully, we can keep it up."