Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fabregas: Change Is as Good as a Rest

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fabregas: Change Is as Good as a Rest

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CESC Fabregas believes Antonio Conte's tinkering will only benefit Chelsea.

Head coach Conte rotated his side for Wednesday's 1-0 Premier League win over Swansea, Cesar Azpilicueta rested for the first time in the Premier League under him - ending a run of 74 successive league starts since December 2015 - while Eden Hazard was relegated to the substitutes' bench. With nine games left in all competitions this calendar year - starting at home to Newcastle United tomorrow - Conte is expected to keep altering his lineup, something Spain playmaker Fabregas welcomed.

He said: "We have to cope with the situation. No one can play every three days even if we want to.

"If you keep playing, you will keep carrying knocks so it is good to have a break sometimes and come back fresher.

"To know the team is performing and winning without Eden really being involved is very good.

"We started the season without him and he didn't start against Swansea because he is the best player and needed a rest. …

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