Cesc Fabregas hasn’t been the most popular name amongst Chelsea fans (or Arsenal ones for tha matter) in the Transfer Tavern this season, with many viewing him as one of the major disappointments of their nightmare title defence.
However, the World Cup winner talked candidly about the problems at the Bridge this season during his stint on Monday Night Football, report Sky Sports.
During the storm that was the infamous sacking of Jose Mourinho after a torrid start of the campaign, the 30-year old came in for blame in regards to an apparent player revolt.
He was claimed by former Blues player Pat Nevin to be the individual who stated ‘I would rather lose than win for Mourinho.’
Following the departure of the Portuguese, Fabregas was then called a ‘rat‘ by supporters angry at the position many thought he had taken in the matter.
However, the former Arsenal captain released a statement denying his involvement soon after and has now come out and revealed he and the 53-year old still remain in contact.
‘I have huge respect for [Mourinho] – we still keep in touch right now,’ stated the Spanish pass master.
‘The biggest problem was he trusted us too much, gave us more holiday because we were champions and we let him down.’
‘That was the main reason he had to go – and for that myself and the team feel bad for it.’
Fabregas was referring to the fact that the Blues squad, champions of England, were afforded an extra week off before preparations for their title defence began.
For much of the early part of the season, many of the first-team stars who had served the ex-Real Madrid boss so well just months before looked sluggish and relatively unfit.
As a result, they slid down the table at an alarming rate and were just one point above the drop zone when Mourinho was axed.
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