Cesc Fabregas has spent much of this season watching from the bench as N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic rule the middle of the park at Stamford Bridge, so it’s no surprise to hear him speak wistfully about how it’s harder for technical players to compete with physical beasts these days.
In an interview with Chelsea TV quoted by the Daily Mail, Fabregas discussed how difficult it is for players, especially those in his position, to compete with the incredible physical attributes of modern midfielders.
‘To be a football player today… if you are very strong or you run a lot or stuff like that it’s easier,’ the former Barcelona man said.
‘I don’t think my physical abilities are the best – I’m not the quickest, I’m not the strongest, I’m not the sharpest, so you have to be ahead of the game if a player like me wants to succeed in football.’
Despite his self professed limitations Fabregas has made a huge impact this season, regularly coming on late in games to help Chelsea find vital goals with his passing late in games.
While it’s true that he can’t yet supplant the two rocks that currently dominate the centre circle at Stamford Bridge, Fabregas is still a hugely useful member of the squad, offering technical ability off the bench that can turn a game around.
With plenty of games left to go there’s no doubt that the former Arsenal man will see more starts in Blue. The real question is whether he will still be here next season.