Former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has heaped praise on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho while commenting that he would love to see Messi sign up for Chelsea and move to the English Premier League. The Spaniard also spoke about Real Madrid and their sharp turn-around after a mediocre start to the La Liga this season.
Speaking about his new boss Mourinho, Fabregas revealed that it is Mourinho’s ability to adapt himself that makes him a successful manager.
“Mourinho adapts to the players he has. What makes him so great as a coach is that he adapts to any situation and his teams can play in many different ways. It’s a very intelligent way of managing.”
Chelsea are currently leading the English Premier League and new signings Fabregas and Diego Costa have played a big hand in helping Chelsea reach such a stage. Costa is the second highest goal-scorer in the league while Fabregas heads the charts in terms of assists.
Talking about a potential move to Barcelona as a manager, Fabregas believes that Mourinho understands and shares the Barcelona ‘philosophy’.
“I’d say that Barça have a style that he has already experienced and understands perfectly. We play a very similar game: we want to be the protagonists, have possession and look to score. We may have a different system, but the philosophy is similar.”
The former Barcelona man also spoke about Lionel Messi and believes that though he would love to see the Argentine retire at Camp Nou, he would be happy to pair up with him at Stamford Bridge.
“I wish (Chelsea would sign him)! Why not? I’d love that to happen. I’d be all for it. As a Barça man, I believe that Messi deserves to retire at Barça for all that he has given the club. He is a legend that has changed Barça history. But, as his teammate and friend, without doubt I’d love to have Leo by my side. This season Barça are Messi and ten others. Messi has saved his team on many occasions.”
As a former ‘Barcelona man’, Fabregas believes that arch-rivals Real Madrid have managed to turn around their poor season after a string of strong performances. He revealed that he thought that the departure of Xabi Alonso and Di Maria would affect Madrid but claims that they have managed to pull their season back on track.
“Real have started well, but football is all about dynamics. They started by losing the Supercopa and hemorrhaging points in the league. Everyone said that after the exits of Xabi Alonso and Di María, it’d be a tough season for them, and then look what happened.”
It now remains to be seen if Fabregas can continue to blossom under Jose Mourinho as Chelsea fight for the English Premier League.