Cesc Fabregas makes admission about his Chelsea situation

Cesc Fabregas discusses his lack of playing time with Chelsea this season under Antonio Conte

Cesc Fabregas admits that his lack of playing time at Chelsea this season has been made worse by the Blues not playing in Europe.

The Spanish playmaker has found his first-team opportunities under new boss Antonio Conte to be severely restricted this season, with the Italian coach largely preferring a midfield pairing of Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante this term.

Fabregas started Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Wolves in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday night as Conte’s side continued their march towards a domestic double.

However, the former Arsenal captain has been limited to just five starts in the Premier League for the west London side this term.

Chelsea do not have the distraction of European football this season following their 10th-placed finish last term.

And Fabregas feels that may have played a part in his lack of first-team opportunities so far this season.

Speaking to BT Sport after Chelsea’s win over Wolves on Saturday, Fabregas said: “There is a great group and a great togetherness.

“We are all putting in the effort and maybe because this season there is no Champions League there is less opportunity for other players because we play once a week and it’s easier to be fit.”

He added: “We are doing very well but nothing is done yet and we have to keep it going until the end.”

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