Chelsea star backs teammate to overcome fan criticism and save his future at club

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Chelsea winger Pedro has insisted that Cesc Fabregas has what it takes to ensure that the criticism of the supporters doesn’t force him out of the club.

Fabregas was targeted by the Stamford Bridge faithful during the win over Sunderland at the weekend, with the Spaniard picked out as being one of the men to have contributed to the discord between the players and former coach Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese tactician was sacked last week after a disastrous start to the campaign, and he revealed that felt as though the players had let him down in their bid to defend their Premier League title.

Fabregas, Oscar, Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic all had their names booed by fans as the team was read out before kick off, while Fabregas was also jeered when he was substituted late on.

“It was difficult for him but he can get through this. He is strong mentally and very competitive,” Pedro told the Evening Standard.

“Cesc is a top player, a very good character in the team, he is a winner and it’s good he plays for us. I understand why the fans are so upset. It’s normal when the team and coach are in this position.

“Jose Mourinho is a very good coach. It is a difficult situation for everyone. It was certainly difficult for the players, but it was an important win. The supporters have been good to us this season. They have always been with us, together. I don’t say anything against them, they are part of us.”

Fabregas was a key player for Mourinho last season, but was dropped by the ‘Special One’ in his last two games in charge after failing to live up to the expectations he set last year.

It remains to be seen whether or not the former Arsenal man is able to win over the Chelsea faithful, but improved performances and results will certainly help his cause.

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