Chelsea manager Antonio Conte used Cesc Fabregas sparingly last season as he preferred the midfield duo of Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante.
Fabregas was mostly used as a substitute last season, but has been a key player for Chelsea this season, having played almost every game for the Blues.
Conte has now revealed why the Spaniard has been key for him this season.
He said: “I have to make the best decision in every moment. I have to be current and honest, last season maybe he didn’t deserve to start the game.
“But now he is deserving to play regularly but at the same time I understand he needs a bit of rest. Now I have four midfielders who are in a good form.
“Cesc, N’Golo for many reasons are playing, but in pre-season we played them every game because Bakayoko was recovering from injury. I am very happy because Cesc is showing great commitment in both phases, with and without the ball.”