Jose Mourinho has revealed Cesc Fabregas is a major doubt for his side’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain tonight as he is suffering with flu.
The Spaniard did train ahead of the game but was pictured wrapped up as much as possible, running around wearing a snood, scarf, gloves and a hat.
This could be a big blow for Chelsea as Fabregas has been out for the last three weeks with a hamstring injury and Mourinho expected him to be starting for the Blues tonight after recovering from that.
"The team grew up from pre-season with him on the team and the team went in a certain direction with a style of play”
The importance of Fabregas
"Fabregas has been ill," Mourinho confirmed to reporters.
“We are a different team with him, I'm not saying better or worse, I'm saying different. The team grew up from pre-season with him on the team and the team went in a certain direction with a style of play.”
Fabregas is a vital piece to Mourinho’s puzzle and is someone they will need to give them the best chance of progressing into the next round of the competition. The 27-year-old midfielder has been one of Chelsea’s most influential players this season providing 19 assists in all competitions so far.
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Mourinho added: “Without him, we lose some control, some possession, we become the same team, well organised, good in transition. But with him, we control the game better; we have more control of the game.
“We have possession of the ball because of the nature of the style of player he is."
With Diego Costa also starting his first game since his three match domestic ban, Mourinho will be anxiously waiting to see if Fabregas can join him in the starting XI to put Chelsea in the best position for progression.
The combination of Fabregas and Costa has been potent for the Blues so far this season and they are definitely a different team without the duo. Chelsea play with more intent when the former Barcelona star is their team as he looks to go forward, and that is what Chelsea need to do in Paris especially after last time.
When the Premier League leaders went to PSG last season they sat back and were beaten 3-1, the away goal saved them in the end, but surely Mourinho doesn’t want to risk it all depending on the home leg again does he?
Another change to the Blues is expected, as Thibaut Courtois is to return in goal ahead of Petr Cech,which is a big decision especially after Cech played so well against Everton.