Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has seen it all, with a massive career that has spanned across England, Spain and France.
The Monaco midfielder has played for big clubs in Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea, but it’s at Chelsea that he experienced the funniest incident of his career, and it involves none other than Diego Costa.
Fabregas was speaking on Match of the Day’s top 10 podcast alongside Gary Lineker and Jermaine Jenas, and the Spaniard was asked the funniest incident in his career.
He went back to Chelsea’s title winning season back in December 2016 under Antonio Conte, a Premier League fixture against West Bromwich Albion.
“When Conte first came to Chelsea I didn’t really play the first three months,” recalled Fabregas.
“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.”