Antonio Conte made just one change in his starting lineup against Swansea, and it was Cesc Fabregas in place of Nemanja Matic.
Fabregas has mostly found himself outside of the starting eleven in the league this season, and was given a rare start on Saturday – his sixth league start of the season.
The Chelsea manager who has preferred a combination of N’Golo Kante and Matic chose to start Fabregas and Kante in midfield against Swansea, and he has explained why.
“Swansea play very, very compact,” he said. “Probably in this game it was difficult to find the space to play between the lines. I’m very happy, for Cesc, but also Nemanja. When I called him to play off the bench, he played really well. N’Golo is playing fantastic. This is why we are top of the league – all my players are playing very, very well.
“For me, it’s always difficult to make these decisions. But I have to do this. Sometimes I make a mistake, but I try to do the best for the team because I want to win.
“Against Swansea I decided to start with Cesc, but don’t forget Matic is playing a fantastic championship, Kante the same. We must continue in this way. Our target is more important than a single player.”
Would he choose to play Fabregas alongside Kante when we go away to West Ham?