Cesc Fabregas recalls brilliant moment when Diego Costa ‘shouted’ at Antonio Conte to bring him on at Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas has revealed that Diego Costa once ‘shouted’ at Antonio Conte to substitute him on during Chelsea’s victory over West Brom in 2016.

The Spaniard, now plying his trade in Ligue 1 with Monaco, won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup during his time five-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

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Fabregas initially struggled to break into the first-team when Conte arrived at the club

When Conte arrived at the club, Fabregas initially struggled to break into the first-team under the Italian due to the presence of Nemanja Matic in midfield and a string of minor injuries.

However, the playmaker proved his worth to Conte after dazzling in a brilliant 3-1 victory over Man City – which led to a typically brilliant moment from Costa the following match.

“When Conte first came to Chelsea I didn’t really play the first three months. 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,” he told BBC’s Match of the Day top 10 podcast.

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“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.

Conte and Costa’s relationship deteriorated in his last season at the club

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Conte and Costa’s relationship deteriorated in his last season at the club

“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 and I provided the assist for Costa to score.”

Costa and Conte ended up falling out at Chelsea, with the Blues boss notoriously sending a text message to the Spanish striker telling he was not part of his plans.

Fabregas, the World Cup winner with Spain, has made 18 appearances for Monaco this season in what has been a disappointing campaign for the 2016/17 Ligue 1 winners.

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