Cesc Fabregas revealed some more details regarding the state of the Chelsea locker room prior to the December sacking of Jose Mourinho. The Spanish midfielder confessed that while Mourinho still has the admiration of many, his trust in players who ultimately let him down on the pitch were responsible for his ousting from Stamford Bridge.
As a guest on Monday Night Football, Fabregas said that Mourinho ‘trusted his players too much’ by giving them more holidays as a reward for being Premier League champions, rather than building off of their success.
“A lot has been said. I love Jose and I consider him my friend and we still keep in touch right now.
“Some of the things said were unfortunate, but I have huge respect for him.
“I think Jose’s biggest problem was that he trusted us too much. He gave us more holiday because we were champions. He had been trusting us and we let him down.
“The whole team has, all of the players, and that was the main reason why he had to go.
“For that, myself and the rest of the team, we feel bad for that.”
Mourinho was fired on December 17, 2015 – several days after a bitter 2-1 loss to Leicester City that dropped them to 16th place and within a few points of the relegation zone.
Chelsea got off to the worst start to a Premier League title defense in league history, claiming just 15 points from 14 matches through November and getting eliminated from the Capital One Cup tournament they were defending in just the fourth round.
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