Cesc Fabregas is hoping his display against Leicester in the EFL cup will shut up his critics in the media.
The Spain international has not started for Conte in the EPL this season, but was named in the starting XI.
The former Barcelona midfielder added two goals in quick succession in extra time after getting an assist earlier in the game.
“I was happy to play first of all from the start, and secondly if I can help the team then fantastic,” Fabregas told Sky Sports. “Hopefully this will shut up a few journalists, a few dailies, a few whatever, who are talking rubbish all the time and focus on what’s important, Chelsea winning.
“I’m focusing on playing well and when I have the chance I’ll show what I can do, because I know what I can do and it’s a lot for this team.”
Chelsea went two goals down at the King Power Stadium thanks to a first-half from Shinji Okazaki, but Fabregas believes the response spoke volumes about his team.
“I think we played quite well, to be honest,” Fabregas said. “We know they are a dangerous team on the counter, which is what they did, but I think we showed great character, as I think we’ve been showing during the whole season.”