Cesc Fabregas hails his finest season of his Chelsea career despite having to prove himself to Antonio Conte

The Spaniard was named Man of the Match after a superb display against Middlesbrough 

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Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas has admitted that this season has been a “difficult year” for him but believes his contributions to the team have now surpassed his achievements in other seasons at the club - despite his limited game time.

The Spaniard was named man of the match at the Bridge on Monday night as Chelsea fired three past Middlesbrough to put the Premier League title within touching distance.

Goals from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic secured victory for the home side and ensured Chelsea can now mathematically secure the title on Friday night at West Brom.

Fabregas, who was recalled to Antonio Conte’s starting XI after N’Golo Kane was ruled out through injury, was at his luxurious best against the visitors this evening as he set about dictating the run of play from the centre of the park.

Indeed, the former Barcelona man bagged two assists this evening to become the first Premier League player ever to clinch 10 assists across six separate seasons and created a multitude of chances for his side.

Despite having played just 1047 minutes under Conte prior to tonight, making the majority of his appearances off the bench, Fabregas insisted after the game that he is proud of what he has achieved this season and has “matured” as a player.

"It's been different year for me,” he said. “I'm used to playing every single game, week-in, week-out for every club I've been at but I feel I've matured a lot this year.

"It's not easy what happened to me, many people told me I'm not the type of player for Antonio, told me I should leave but I like challenges and this was a big challenge.

Conte was quick to congratulate Fabregas after the full-time whistle (Getty)

"Obviously I haven't played every single game but the last 20 or so games I have played, of course not from the start.

“But I feel the quality of my minutes whenever I've been on the pitch have been fantastic so maybe my contribution has been even bigger than when I've played more in other seasons.

“I've had to have patience and accept that sometimes these thing happen. Play for the team. A different season for me but I'm proud of what I've done.”

Fabregas wants to help extend Chelsea's winning run (AFP/Getty)

Fabregas and Co now travel to the Hawthorns on Friday with the Premier League title all but confirmed.

Nonetheless, the midfielder has urged his side to give one last big push.

“It's not done yet, we need one more push but I think we've been the better team and most consistent,” he added.

"We want to get it done on Friday. I have experience in winning titles and the quicker you can get it done the better. Trust me.

You don’t want to give opportunities to anyone. We will not wait so if it can happen on Friday let it be. Then we can focus on the FA cup. But Friday is a final for us.”