CESC FABREGAS has revealed the Chelsea players are struggling to cope with the demands of Champions League football.
The Blues romped to the Premier League title last season but did not have to negotiate European football, giving them maximum time on the training ground.
Getty Images – Getty Cesc Fabregas, pictured during Chelsea’s 3-0 thrashing at Roma, has admitted the squad are struggling with Champions League football
And after Chelsea were humiliated 3-0 in Rome on Tuesday, boss Antonio Conte conceded they are paying for being unable to work on their tactical approach.
The Italian is now under huge pressure at Stamford Bridge following their capitulation to Roma and a stuttering start to their title defence.
And Fabregas, 30, admitted they are finding life far more difficult this time around.
He said: “We know that it’s tough being involved in the Champions League.
PA:Empics Sport Roma proved far too strong for Chelsea in their Champions League clash on Tuesday night Getty Images – Getty Chelsea now face a battle to progress out of the group stages after a couple of Champions League setbacks
“Last year we had the whole week to train in Conte’s methods and with the fitness coaches.
“His mentality is very Italian; we have to run and be fit and recover well.
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“But this year we are not having that much time because if you play on a Wednesday and a Saturday, what do you do on Thursday? Run? It’s impossible.
“You need to do recovery for the weekend.”