After what was seemingly an innocent analytic point on Belgium’s game with Panama, Chelsea fans and viewers believe that a Blues ace has had a pop at Antonio Conte.
Cesc Fabregas has been impressing in his role for BBC Sport at the World Cup in Russia so far this summer, offering great insight into the game.
Given his achievements for club and country, he’s well placed to deliver his opinion and verdict on various matters, and evidently he’s making a positive impression with his comments.
However, during the BBC panel’s half-time discussion over the Belgium game as they were struggling to break Panama down in the opening 45 minutes, the Spaniard made a comment which has been interpreted by many, as seen in the tweets below, as a dig at Conte.
“Some managers don’t allow you to do that,” he noted when responding to a question about discussing tactics.
Now, we have to emphasise that there was no suggestion from Fabregas himself that he was referring to Conte and so it could have genuinely been an innocent comment.
Don’t tell that to these fans and viewers though, as they’re convinced that he’s aimed it at Conte, with The Express noting last week that perhaps things are a little frosty between the pair as it’s not the first questionable comment made by the midfielder.
Fàbregas saying some managers don’t allow you to speak about their tactics, he’s basically confirmed that Rüdiger got dropped by Conte for the same reason.
— . (@ChelsFutbol) June 18, 2018
“Some managers don’t allow you to do that”??
Fabregas responding to Murphy regarding if you can question managers tactics. #CFC
— CFC DAILY #ENG (@CFCDaily) June 18, 2018
Fabregas sending shots at conman
— 10 (@SarriTikiTaka) June 18, 2018
Was that a dig at Conte from fabregas there?
— Jamie (@LegendJohnTerry) June 18, 2018
fabregas taking shots at conte, what a guy
— Ruuuuben (@CalHudsonOdoi) June 18, 2018
Fabregas taking quiet digs at Conte every time he opens his mouth haha
— Derrida Kahlo ?? (@peakcommunism) June 18, 2018
Lmao did Fabregas just take a shot at conte on BBC ?? #BELPAN
— tomi (@oyegoketomisin) June 18, 2018
Fabregas digging Conte ?
— Lukey?? (@1Lukewarm_) June 18, 2018
— Globus (@GlobusMaximus) June 18, 2018
Fabregas 100% referring to Conte there
— • (@zonalmista) June 18, 2018
Fabregas cheeky dig at Conte there loooool
— • (@False11Firmino) June 18, 2018
Fabregas genuinely despises Conte ?
— devlin (@thfcdev) June 18, 2018
Fabregas putting in that spy dig at Conte????
— African (@Mo_McFadden) June 18, 2018