Fabregas Expresses Admiration for Mourinho

Annette Crawford
May 18, 2018

With the FA Cup final looming in the horizon, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been speaking on his fomer boss Jose Mourinho, stating that he loves the Portuguese tactician even though he still views departing Arsene Wenger as a father figure.

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas said he owes Jose Mourinho a debt of gratitude.

'I love him, ' said Fabregas. 'I was on the bench and I remember the coach telling me to warm up after six minutes, so when a coach does that it means he's seen something from the start is not right.

"The way he treated me, the way he made me feel, how he let me be a leader of the team from day one". "This was fantastic and in all the four years since In joined Chelsea, that will always stay with me, thanks to him". Past year everyone was saying Chelsea will win it and we played one of our worst games of last season (and lost to Arsenal).

"The fire - you have it or you don't have it and on Saturday we have to make sure everyone is on top of their game".

'All I know is that previous year we didn't play well in the FA Cup final, ' he recalled. For me, it was different because I went and came back and they paid money for me.

After three years at boyhood club Barcelona, following a move from Arsenal where Fabregas spent nearly a decade, the 31-year-old proved a pivotal figure as Chelsea claimed the 2014-15 title, providing a league-leading 18 goal assists. "That's also because they were such fantastic players, don't get me wrong." .

"You don't want to be on the back of losing two FA Cup finals in a row", Fabregas added. Chelsea and Manchester United will battle it out for the title as both teams want to end the season with silverware after a disappointing in the Premier league that saw Manchester City claim the title.

United go into the showdown as favourites, having finished second and three places ahead of Antonio Conte's Chelsea.

He further added, "It's a final, it's a big game and I feel that normally in those games you shouldn't have to motivate players to play football because we do what we love and we always have to do it 120 per cent".

When asked if this was the case, Fabregas said: "No". Mourinho prepares for finals very, very well.

"We played well in the first half and in one moment they scored what was a good goal, to be honest", he concluded. We just need to prepare our game and focus on ourselves. "This is an example of what this year, we could have done better".

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