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Fabregas: Long way to go

Cesc Fabregas is not drawing any significant conclusions from Saturday’s defeat, or our current position in the table, with last season’s campaign still fresh in his mind.

The Blues head into the October international break having won four of our seven league games so far, drawn one and lost the other two. It is exactly the same record we had this time last season when we went on to lift the title with the second-highest number of points in Premier League history.

Fabregas felt the loss was certainly not down to a lack of effort at the end of a busy period for the players and management staff.

‘The truth is we knew it would be a difficult week, starting with the trip to Stoke last Saturday which as we know is always a complicated task,’ he said.

‘Then there was the trip to Atletico Madrid, arriving back early the next morning at 5am on Thursday, with practically only one day to prepare for the match.

‘We faced a City team who came well prepared. They had home games and one extra day of rest. We are making no excuses but it was a difficult week and we have competed. We gave it everything and could not have done anything more.’

Fabregas was quick to acknowledge the quality of opposition we faced at Stamford Bridge, but he also recognised that though they came out on top in this particular contest, it is still very early days indeed.

‘They are a great team. We know that. They had won their last two games, much in the same manner that we did, so congratulations to them.

‘This was without a doubt the same Chelsea of last season, but what happened was that we came up against a City side who went into the game much better rested than we did. Nothing more.

‘This time last year we were eight points behind, but it doesn’t mean anything. There is still a long way to go in all competitions.’

Fabregas's compatriot, Alvaro Morata, who came off with an injury concern during the first half of Saturday's game, has been replaced in the Spain squad for the upcoming internationals against Albania and Israel. 

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