Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he is looking forward to playing under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea after recovering from a knee injury that has delayed his start to the season.
The 31-year-old has been forced to watch Chelsea’s impressive start to the campaign from the sidelines after aggravating a knee problem in their 2-0 Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.
In his absence, Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic have rotated between themselves for the most advanced central midfield role in Sarri’s favoured 4-3-3 formation.
Fabregas could find it difficult to force his way into the side with N’Golo Kante and Jorginho also for competition yet he is confident that his style of play will suit Sarri’s philosophy.
‘We have a new coach with new tactics, new philosophy, new everything to be honest,’ Fabregas said.
‘It’s always interesting and exciting to see what is going to happen. We have been winning, which is important but we need to be more consistent. It’s not easy – it takes time. I think the coach is happy.
‘I believe a lot in this team. My type of football has always been to have the ball, to play with the ball, create chances. I have a forward mentality, I always look forward and have movement with and without the ball.’
Although Fabregas only started 25 Premier League games last season – featuring in 32 matches in total – he was still the third-most creative player in the Premier League only behind Kevin De Bruyne and Christian Eriksen, after creating 91 chances.
It will be interesting to see what role Sarri has in mind for him when he returns as Jorginho appears to be installed as Chelsea’s deep-lying playmaker, while Kante has been utilised in a box-to-box role in the early weeks of the season.
Sarri could also turn to Fabregas’ experience to help the likes of Kovacic, Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as the season progresses with the Spaniard having racked up over 300 Premier League appearances in his career.
Fabregas could be in contention to feature against Cardiff City on Saturday after returning to full training this week.