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When it comes to talent, Cesc Fabregas is one of the most talented players in the Chelsea team. However, the Spaniard has found game time hard to come by this season.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte prefers to start power midfielders N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic ahead of the pass maestro.

Fabregas has now admitted that flair and skill isn’t as important as it used to be in football. He conceded that managers now prefer fitter players who can run, over players with flair, while also revealing that he’d work hard to improve his fitness.

“Today it’s more difficult for the more talented players to succeed,” he told Chelsea TV.

“I don’t think my physical abilities are the best – I’m not the quickest, I’m not the strongest, I’m not the sharpest, so you have to be ahead of the game if a player like me wants to succeed in football.

“To be a football player today… if you are very strong or you run a lot or stuff like that it’s easier. That’s why I try to get even better because football is growing in a way that before I don’t think it was.

“Everyday you see less talent and more power and players running around.”

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