CESC FABREGAS says his initial struggles under Chelsea manager Antonio Conte caused him so much anguish he asked team-mates to not even speak to him. "I know sometimes I didn't play as much, but even in training I'm learning," said Fabregas. "Sometimes you think if you've been playing for a long time, won a lot, you've done everything - and then you realise in football you can never know everything. Hopefully I've reversed the situation from the beginning of the season. I decided I wanted to challenge myself. Not everything comes easy in life, sometimes you have to fight certain situations you are not used to and hopefully I can keep playing like that to keep my place. I can understand there are doubts with the philosophy of the manager. He came in, wanted to see if I could adapt and I can understand that. I'm someone who wants to play with the ball, maybe not so much the defensive side. But it shows I adapted to the way he wants to play and hopefully I can play more. Experience and maturity gives you this because in the beginning when I didn't play, I told people not even to speak to me because I was really upset. That changes with time. Age, maturity and experience helps you understand the most important thing is always the team. Don't get me wrong, I want to play, but sometimes you have to fight for it. The easy way is to escape, to run away, to sulk and to want to leave, to create a drama. What keeps me going is the fact that I feel really good, I feel in great condition to play football for a very long time I know in my legs, in my mind, that I've played many more games than a 29-year-old is supposed to play. But I feel young in my mind. It's all in the mind. Now with Conte, I'm learning new things, new situations, new manners, new football, new philosophy which makes a difference. It makes it entertaining."
06:43 PM Feb 26, 2017