Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes he is now settling into Antonio Conte’s system after a difficult start.
“People forget it’s only the second time in my life, in my whole career, I’ve played this system,” Fabregas told the club’s website.
“My team-mates have played a lot more than me. Against Manchester City [in early December], it was a big test because it was the first game. I’m getting used to it, I feel very comfortable.
“I have a lot of players in front of me so I can pick passes between the lines, they run into space and I have protection behind me. I’m really enjoying it and I think it suits me a lot.”
The 29-year-old’s goal in midweek clinched Chelsea’s 10th consecutive Premier League victory and coupled with recent slip-ups by rivals Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City, the Blues have a six-point lead at the top.
“People say I cannot defend but I recovered the ball, went forward and scored [against Sunderland],” Fabregas added.
“I know what I can do but the problem is I haven’t had minutes, and if you don’t play you can’t show what you can do.
“In football nowadays, people forget very quickly who you are, what you’ve done and what you can do. Hopefully now I can have a run of games to keep my fitness up and show what I can do.