Cesc Fabregas is on the cusp of his 300th Premier League appearance and the midfielder has discussed the mentality required to reach such a landmark.
Should Fabregas feature against Swansea City today he will have made a triple-century of top-flight appearances in England, dating back to the opening day of the 2004/05 season. Almost a third of that considerable figure has come in the blue of Chelsea.
‘It feels like I have been playing for a long time!’ Fabregas said.
‘I was away for three years but to have 300 Premier League games would be something fantastic for me, and hopefully 300 more.
‘I just want to keep going, I want to keep playing for a very long time. I feel fit, fresh, I feel very young. Mentally and physically I feel like a young player. I think I can give more.’
Though Fabregas has not started as many games this season as he has in past campaigns, he has still had an important impact throughout, contributing decisive goals and assists, such as the winner at Sunderland in December.
He explained how he keeps himself at the top of his game.
‘All my life I have had to work hard. I don’t believe that if sometimes you are not playing you have to work harder. It doesn’t work like that. Sometimes you play and someone is pushing you and you have to work on the pitch.
‘Maybe the role has changed in terms of keeping my place on the pitch. I have to push myself harder in training to be on the pitch. But the meaning is the same – you have to always push yourself to be better.’
Fabregas’s immediate goal is helping the team record another home victory, Swansea the visitors to west London today. The no.4 is expecting a tough encounter.
‘They are playing much better since the new coach came in. They are getting points, they are getting results, they are playing well. They did it at Liverpool, they nearly did it at Man City, so we know it will be a very difficult game.
‘We have to focus on our strengths, try to play our game and hopefully we can get the points because they are vital for our target, which is winning the Premier League.’