Fabregas 'humbled and proud' after 300th Premier League game

By Ben Spratt 26 February 2017
Fabregas 'humbled and proud' after 300th Premier League game

Cesc Fabregas says he feels "humbled and very proud" after making his 300th Premier League appearance in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Swansea on Saturday.

Antonio Conte's league leaders stretched their lead at the top of the table to 11 points, with Fabregas marking his landmark with a goal and an assist at Stamford Bridge.

The Spain international reflected on his achievement, while recognising the role of managers past and present in Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Conte.

"To be honest, I feel humbled and very proud," Fabregas told Chelsea's official website.

"I've worked very hard to make it to 300 [games] and all I can say is thank you to everyone who has helped me reach this mark – to Arsenal, to Chelsea, to Arsene Wenger, Mourinho, Hiddink and Antonio.

"Obviously thanks goes to all the fans who support me, my family and friends as well. It has been many years, although it doesn't feel like it, it feels like it was yesterday, but it's been a long journey and hopefully it will be an even longer one."

Fabregas believes he could have improved his return against the Swans, revealing his disappointment at scoring only once.

"I could have had a hat-trick," he added. "I had a few chances, but the most important thing was that the team won.

"I felt it was a very difficult game and we knew it would be. Swansea have changed since the new manager [Paul Clement] has come in, they play very compact, so it was difficult for us.

"Like every Premier League game, you have to work hard, you have to dig in, and in the second half we had to show our character and come back into the game. It wasn't easy at all so I'm very happy for the win."

Fabregas also echoed Conte's sentiments that Chelsea have not yet secured the title, despite a significant lead at the top of the table.

"At the end of the day you play 38 games like everybody else," he said. "Some teams have a good period at the beginning, other teams finish stronger. Ultimately you will play against everyone and you just have to be regular and try to be solid every time you play.

"At the moment we feel good but I agree completely with the manager: there is still a long way to go."

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