Cesc Fabregas may have impressed in an advanced role in Wednesday night’s 3-1 Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon, but the Chelsea star insists he’s more comfortable deeper in the midfield.
Returning to England from Barcelona in June for around £26 million, Fabregas was often used as a ‘false nine’ during his three seasons with the Catalan giants, prompting Blues manager Jose Mourinho to declare last month that the club wasted his talents.
However, with the former Arsenal captain set to miss the weekend’s trip to Hull due to suspension, Mourinho opted to rest Oscar against Sporting and use his midfield talisman instead to fill the hole behind striker Diego Costa for the match at Stamford Bridge.
The experiment clearly proved a success, as the Spaniard netted the opener from the penalty spot before later helping set up John Obi Mikel for the third, but he still believe that his recent fine form is down to getting consistent time in his preferred deeper position.
"I have already said that I am more comfortable in the midfield. I really enjoy [playing in the middle of the park]," he told IBTimes UK.
"[Against Sporting] I played a little bit more advanced and if I have to play in the number 10 role, it is also a position that I really like. I am very happy [with my football at Chelsea]. I am having a regularity that I hadn't had for a long time and I feel important."
Fabregas has created 11 goals in 15 Premier League games so far this campaign, and is currently well on course to break former Gunners teammate Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a single season set in 2002/03.