Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he has been playing much of a disciplined role under Antonio Conte at Chelsea, a development he believes has hampered his creative instincts with the ball.
Fabregas played a key role under Conte last season than in the Italian manager’s first season at the club, as he started 25 Premier League game and came on as a substitute in another 7 games in the League.
However, regardless of his appearances, the Spaniard could only boast of 4 assists last season, with 2 goals to his name. There have been recent reactions from players regarding Conte’s managerial style, with his defensive tactics attracting criticism in the course of the 2017/18 campaign.
Fabregas made the assertion in the course of BBC’s World Cup coverage of the Belgium game when discussions were ongoing on Kevin De Bruyne’s role in the Belgium team. Fabregas compared De Bruyne’s role to to the one he was assigned to at Chelsea whilst stating that he is not a fan of playing a more disciplined role.
“Especially for Belgium now, he plays a little bit deeper,” Fabregas said about De Bruyne.
“I am not a big fan of this because he is so good and he can deliver so much in the final third that I think here you are taking a bit too much from his game.
“He has to be too much disciplined, it happened to me over the last two years, you are a bit more restricted in this position. It is like you are telling your best creative player to not be creative”