Video: Jose Mourinho defends under-fire Chelsea star from criticism

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has defended Cesc Fabregas by praising the Spaniard’s desire to help the team through their struggles.

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Speaking to the media on Friday, as reported by ESPN, Mourinho explained that he was pleased with the midfielder’s mentality as he remains unafraid of trying to inspire the team to gain better results.

The 28-year-old has been singled out for criticism this year, particularly because he has failed to live up to the expectations that he set last season where he played a fundamental role for the club on their way to a Premier League title.

Having been unable to have the same influence on the team, along with the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, the former Arsenal star has faced plenty of difficult questions, with the London Evening Standard still suggesting that his future at Stamford Bridge is under threat.

Chelsea have struggled as a whole this year as they currently sit in 14th place in the Premier League table having lost eight of their first 15 games of the campaign.

While they remain just two points above the relegation zone, given their match this weekend with Leicester City kicks off on Monday night, they could even start the game in the bottom three.

That simply isn’t good enough for Mourinho or his squad, even despite their achievement in securing their place in the Champions League knockout stages with their win over Porto on Wednesday night.

The Portuguese tactician will be fully aware of the fact that their results domestically must improve, and he will be hoping that Fabregas will be able to play his role in getting Chelsea back up the table and competing for a top-four finish.

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