Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: How Fabregas changed my mind - Conte

Conte: Fabregas Changed My Mind

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association after he was sent to the stand during his side's Premier League victory over Swansea last month.

"If you remember the second part of last season he started to play with regularity".

Chelsea now lie in third place in the Premier League and visit West Ham on Saturday.

Nemanja Matic's £40m move to bitter rivals Manchester United and fitness issues with N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko have given Fabregas an increased importance at Chelsea this term. "Maybe anxious is not the right word but you can imagine", he said ahead of his side's Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid. The first part of the season I made a decision to play nearly every game with [N'Golo] Kante and [Nemanja] Matic but in the second part of the season I think Cesc played a lot of the games.

"If you remember the second part of last season he started to play with regularity and first part of last season I played nearly every game with [N'Golo] Kante and [Nemanja] Matic".

"This season he continued to work very hard".

'In this case, the referee has to try to protect the team that want to win, want to play football'. "I shout this. I accept the decision of the referee".

"He is performing well and I hope he can continue like this for a long time".

Fabregas, who was a member of the Spain side that won successive European Championships in 2008 and 2012, as well as the 2010 World Cup, said he could have just given up when Conte didn't initially select him last season.

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