Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has described Cesc Fabregas as the ‘perfect’ player for the club ahead of their match against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
The former-Arsenal captain moved to Chelsea from Barcelona for £30m although it’s thought that Arsenal turned down the opportunity to sign him first. He now faces his old club wearing the Blue of their London rivals.
And Mourinho has admitted that he was delighted to be able to secure the services of a player who was once regarded as one of the best in the Premier League.
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Perfect for Chelsea's philosophy
“I wanted him because I know the player he is,” Mourinho said in his press conference before the Arsenal game as reported by The Guardian. “And I know he was good for the philosophy we wanted for the team.
“I knew that he’s one of not many good players who can play as a No8 or a No10, so he gives me chances to play him in both positions and build a midfield knowing that.
“The fact that he was made in England and played for so many years in English football - that’s a plus. He doesn’t need that adaptation. He comes back home. We knew he was perfect for us. We tried, we tried hard, and we succeeded.
“Every game so far, without exception, he has been phenomenal for us.”
Hit the ground running
Fabregas may not have needed time to adapt to the pace of the Premier League, but it was thought he may need a few weeks to get up to speed with a Chelsea team spearheaded by a new striker. That has not been the case though.
Diego Costa, who arrived from Atletico Madrid for £32m last summer, and Fabregas seem to have already developed a telepathic understanding, with the Spanish midfielder providing assist after assist for his international teammate.
Chelsea will hope that continues on Sunday.