Cesc Fabregas has chosen the moment in his career that he has found the funniest so far.
The ex-Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona playmaker, now at Monaco, has been looking back on his spells in the Premier League and La Liga for the BBC’s Match of the Day Top 10 podcast.
Joined by Gary Lineker and Jermaine Jenas, Fabregas was asked to name the best players he has competed with and against, as well as other broad questions about his 17-year career.
For his funniest experience to date, he cast his mind back to December 2016 and a Chelsea fixture against West Brom, in the middle of the club’s record 13-game winning streak.
Fabregas recalled: “When Conte first came to Chelsea, I didn't really play the first three months.
“He made it clear he wanted a different type of midfielder. Nemanja Matic was playing, I had an injury as well and I didn’t really play the whole season.
“But we went to Manchester City, we had won seven games and Conte says to me: ‘You have to play.’ We won 3-1, I played well and gave the assist to Costa for 1-1. It felt like I had made a point to the coach that he could count on me.
“But next we played West Brom, Matic recovers and he starts. It was a typical game and for 70 minutes it was 0-0. They were defending well. The game was calling for someone like me to come on to open the door or do something, but the minutes went by and nothing.
“I remember Costa coming to the touchline and shouting at Conte, saying: ‘Put Cesc on!’
“Conte is not the manager you mess with this and he was pretending not to listen to Costa. Two minutes later he says ‘Cesc come’, and two minutes after I come on, I provided the assist for Costa to score.”
Though his sense of humour be a question of personal taste, Fabregas was objectively a remarkable assist maker in the Premier League with 111 in total.
The Catalan is second behind Manchester United ’s Ryan Giggs despite having played only just over half the number of top flight games.
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