Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says his side are happy enough winning the Premier League, and that has lessened the pain of losing the FA Cup final.
The Blues had the chance to secure a domestic double in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge but goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey proved to be too much for Chelsea, who replied through Diego Costa.
While Fabregas admitted the loss was disappointing, he reiterated that he would have preferred to win the Premier League than the FA Cup, seemingly aiming a slight dig at former club Arsenal in the process.
He told Chelsea’s website: “We reacted well with 10 men and it was a shame that straight after our goal, when we were coming back into the game, it was bad defending from us and they scored which made it very difficult.
“Even then we had a great chance with Costa but it was very difficult. We were tired, the pitch is big and they have good passers of the ball.
“We go home with a bad taste because of what happened but we would have preferred to win the Premier League than the FA Cup, so it’s still been a good season.”
N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic have been utilised ahead of Fabregas this season but the Spaniard believes he has performed well given the little playing time he has been given.
He added: “With the minutes I’ve played, I don’t think I could have done much more this season, I’m proud of what I’ve done.
“At the end of the day it’s the coach’s decision and you have to respect that. He wants the best for his team and if he thinks that’s the way to go, we have to go with it all together because we are a team. Going forward, I’m here for whatever the team needs, I’ve shown that during this season and I will keep doing that.
“I have nothing against Antonio because he’s done a great job. I have a very good relationship with him. He’s been very honest with me, and I have with him. I understand his idea of football very well and I like it a lot, but of course every player wants to play more. That’s in the genes of a winner, I’m one of them and I will never put my head or hands down, I want to fight.”