Contrary to earlier rumours about the return of Gary Neville, Cesc Fabregas is appearing alongside Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football. He was unsurprisingly asked by host Ed Chamberlain why Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea, and Fabregas was firmly standing by the manager who brought him back to the Premier League.
In a new twist of narrative, Fabregas believes that Mourinho was too kind to the squad, becoming too close to them in giving them too many holidays and this led to complacency. Fabregas said that the players let Mourinho down. Watch below:
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This is contrary to many of the reports that have emanated from the Chelsea camp in recent months, which have highlighted Mourinho's poor treatment of fringe players, particularly Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata, who all left the club having become exasperated at a lack of game time and Mourinho's policy of challenging them by playing them off against players of the same position. There were also reports earlier this season that Mourinho's relationship had deteriorated with John Terry, Diego Costa and most notably Eden Hazard.
Fabregas is evidently sticking by his old boss.