Chelsea playmaker “forgot how to play football” at end of Mourinho era

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed the agonising period earlier this season where he felt at an all-time low in term of his performances.

Former boss Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club last December, as he presided over a disastrous start to the season as problems began to arise between the management staff and players.

While Fabregas was forced to publicly deny that there was an issue between himself and his Portuguese coach, he recently insisted that he is on good terms with him even after his departure from Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard has now put the disappointing performances earlier this season down to a lack of confidence, and it appears as though it developed into a serious issue for the playmaker.

“There was a moment after the Bournemouth game where I was in bed. I was so disappointed, so sad, and I said to my wife: ‘I just forgot how to play football,'” Fabregas told Goal.

“It wasn’t me out there. You have the ball and you don’t know what to do with it.

“Those two or three months were hard. I wasn’t feeling confident at all.”

The former Arsenal and Barcelona star went on to insist that he is much happier with his form under interim boss Guus Hiddink, as he eyes a strong finish to the campaign ahead of Antonio Conte’s arrival in the summer.

It remains to be seen what the Italian’s plans for the Chelsea squad are, as he may choose to rely on the high-profile names already in the team, or perhaps stamp his own mark on things at Stamford Bridge by bringing in several faces of his own choosing.

Either way, Fabregas and the rest of his teammates will be playing for their futures in the coming weeks, as they will want to put a difficult season behind them while looking towards next year and hoping for a fresh start.

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