In-form Fabregas hails team-mates
Cesc Fabregas believes he is playing the best football of his career - and puts his scintillating form down to the quality of his Chelsea team-mates.
The Spain midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona in the summer, insisting he had 'unfinished business' in the Premier League having previously spent eight years at Arsenal.
Things could not have started much better for Fabregas, with the 27-year-old showing on a weekly basis why he was so coveted by Jose Mourinho over the summer.
Having scored twice, Fabregas has also laid on plenty of assists, racking up 10 in the league and playing a part in four of Chelsea's five-goal haul in their thrashing of Schalke on Tuesday night.
The 5-0 success in Gelsenkirchen sealed safe passage into the last 16 of the Champions League as Chelsea remain unbeaten so far this season, in no small part due to the form of Fabregas.
"I've played in World Cup finals, European Championship finals, Champions League finals with great teams," he said.
"I feel right now I am playing some of the best football of my career. If I chose this challenge (to join Chelsea) it's because I felt it could be this way. I didn't come here to just play well and that's it.
"I came here to win trophies and if I could play well and enjoy myself, all the better. There will be games I cannot enjoy myself the way I am today because other teams will approach games differently.
"But the most important thing for me is we know what we are doing, we know when we defend, when we have to attack, when we slower the pace, go quicker. I think right now, we are doing that very, very well."
And the 94-capped World Cup winner believes the reason behind his rich vein of form is the way he is allowed to operate alongside some of the best players in the world.
"There is no secret," he said.
"I am playing next to great players and they are playing very well and helping me. We have a very young, talented team.
"The mood is great and, hopefully, it will grow up as the season goes on because you know that for the next two months it's going to be really, really tough - a lot of games."
When asked if playing in a deep role alongside Nemanja Matic was his preferred role, Fabregas was emphatic: "Yes, 100 per cent. 100 per cent," he replied.
"I feel more in control of the game, I touch the ball all the time, I feel happy, I go and get the ball from here, from there, I can go forward, Oscar drops deep. I feel free, I feel confident, I feel in control and that's what I like the most in football.
"Sometimes in the last three, four years in the national team and Barcelona, I was playing like a number nine. I mean I have to do it for the team and I enjoy, and it's all good. But, here, where I am playing today, it's where my football I enjoy the most."
Fabregas is no stranger to earning plaudits for his displays in the Premier League after developing into a linchpin of the Arsenal team between his debut in 2003 up until the time of his departure.
But in all that time he only ever collected one winners' medal from a major competition, the FA Cup success over Manchester United in 2004.
And, having spent three seasons at the Nou Camp adding to his medal tally, Fabregas knows the current Chelsea side need to turn their impressive start into silverware if they are to be regarded amongst the truly best sides.
"Potentially, this team can be very, very good but we have to win trophies," he added.
"I always said it, no-one remembers if there was a great, great team and you don't. We have to win and that will say a lot from us and people will judge it how they want to judge it. The most important thing is to keep it going and at the end of the season we can talk.
"We know people say how great Chelsea is, how good they are playing, how we have won the title, but it is just not happening this way in the dressing room. It's a long way to go."