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Cesc Fabregas has made a cheeky plea to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for a starting spot away at Leicester City on Tuesday night.
The Spanish midfielder is yet to start a game in the Premier League under the Italian manager this season and has only completed a full 90 minutes against Bristol Rovers in the last round of the EFL Cup.
Conte’s side ran out 3-2 winners over Rovers at Stamford Bridge and Fabregas is praying he gets more minutes for the Blues at the King Power Stadium in the third round of the cup.
“It was an honour to play my 100th game for this great club against Liverpool,” the 29-year-old told his eight million followers on Twitter.
“I sincerely hope I can play 100 more starting from tomorrow.”
It was an honour to play my 100th game for this great club against Liverpool. I sincerely hope i can play 100 more starting from tomorrow. ?
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) September 19, 2016
Fabregas came on in the 84th minute for Nemanja Matic in the 2-1 defeat at home to Jurgen Klopp’s men but the midfielder was unable to make an impression on the game.
Conte reassured the former Arsenal captain that he’s been impressed by him in training but has still urged him to show more.
He said: “Cesc is a great player. We all know Cesc, a great technical player. Now I’m starting to get to know him as a man. A great personality. I’m pleased with him.
“He’s working very well. He’s improving a lot on many aspects, above all the defensive situations.”
Fabregas, the £30m signing from Barcelona, played a huge role under Jose Mourinho’s time as manager at Chelsea and was one of the fans favourites during their title-winning campaign of 2014/15.
Conte has so far favoured the midfield duo of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic, but Fabregas has made some impressive cameo appearances from the bench this season.
In central midfield, Conte has used the trio of Oscar, Nemanja Matic and newcomer N’Golo Kante to dominate possession while also allowing Matic and Kante to press opponents when Chelsea lose the ball.
While Matic and Kante look like certain starters when healthy, Oscar is the player who has more or less replaced Fabregas this season.
The tables have turned between the two, Fabregas was a clear starter under Mourinho while Oscar was used much more as a substitute. It is believed that Conte sees Fabregas as more of a liability than an asset under this new system.
The Spaniard specialises in opening up defences and is a player who has to have the ball to have a tangible impact on the match. Oscar, on the other hand, is someone who is more willing to run and burst into the box in order to score.