Following Chelsea’s Premier League triumph at the weekend, Cesc Fabregas has admitted that Jose Mourinho has an edge that sets him apart from the other managers he has worked under.
The midfielder made his first steps in the senior game under Arsene Wenger, and it was the Arsenal coach who made him a household name.
Similarly, he featured for Pep Guardiola at Barcelona as part of the current Bayern Munich coach’s glittering generation.
For the national team, he has played for the likes of Vicente Del Bosque and Luis Aragones, while he also spent a season working with the late Barca coach Tito Vilanova.
Fabregas moved to Chelsea last summer when he was signed by Mourinho, a coach he described as having a touch of ‘magic’.
“He (Mourinho) just loves winning,” the 28-year-old told reporters, as reported by the Standard.
“I’m not just saying other managers I have played under don’t, but he has some edge that goes above anyone else I have ever been with.
“The mentality shows every single training session, or game. I now understand why he has won what he has won in his career.”
Fabregas has been a key performer for the Pensioners in their fine title-winning campaign. The playmaker contributed three goals and a whopping 17 assists—more than any other player in the top flight.
“Yes, Mourinho has a touch of magic, 100 per cent. He knows how to manage a team, he knows how to get the best out of you, and that’s what you want from a manager. 100 per cent.”