Cesc Fabregas wasn’t happy about being left out of the Chelsea line-up for the FA Cup final.
• Conte left Fabregas out despite good form
• Fabregas was greeted with boos from Arsenal fans as he came on as sub
• The former Arsenal captain added his support for Arsene Wenger
Fabregas felt he was playing he well and had earned a spot in the cup final team over Nemanja Matic.
His feelings could well be justified, as Matic had a terrible game for Chelsea. Chelsea struggled to bring their forwards into the game and keep the ball in the face of Arsenal’s pressure, two things Fabregas would have helped with.
The Spaniard, though, was quick to play down any friction with Antonio Conte.
“Sometimes it is all about the coach’s decision. I don’t think I could have done much more this season, it is the coach’s decision and you have to respect that,” he said.
“I’m sure he wants the best for the team and if he thinks that is the way to go you have to go with it, we are a team. It is between him and me. I have nothing against Antonio, he has done a fantastic job.”
Of course, Chelsea’s loss was our gain, and Fabregas’ late appearance wasn’t enough to change the result.
His relationship with the Arsenal supporters took a blow after he opted to join Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014. However, Fabregas is still fond of the club and manager Arsene Wenger, who played such a big role in his career. He admitted that Arsenal were the better team.
“Let’s not take anything away from Arsenal, they were better than us and reacted well against 10 men.
“They scored and it made it very difficult because we were tired, the pitch is big and they have good passers of the ball.”