Cesc Fabregas has twisted the knife into the sides of Arsenal fans by comparing Chelsea's Capital One Cup triumph to his failure to win a trophy with the Gunners.
The midfielder helped his new team to their first trophy of the season by beating Tottenham 2-0 at Wembley Stadium. It means Fabregas has won as many trophies with Chelsea in six months as he did with Arsenal in eight years.
Fabregas started the FA Cup final in 2005, helping Arsenal to what would turn out to be their last trophy for nine years. By that time Fabregas had already departed for Barcelona.
Before leaving, Fabregas had played in and lost two cup finals with the Gunners. First, he lost to Chelsea in the Carling Cup and then to Barcelona in the Champions League final. As captain, he sat out the 2-1 loss to Birmingham City, but still felt the effects of that shock defeat.
Having now picked up a winner's medal in the season's first cup competition, Fabregas has revelled in the success of his new club and believes it was made all the more special by his failures with Arsenal.
“It's special," he said after the match. "I got disappointments because I lost finals, but the way we lost some finals, we came here with Arsenal, 18, 19 years old. I don't take it as a disappointment."
Mourinho's dark thoughts
Jose Mourinho has admitted he was ready to kill a member of Chelsea's backroom staff after he broke a cardinal rule on the team bus on the way to Wembley. Manchester City played Liverpool in the Premier League, but Mourinho was determined to keep the result from the players until after the Capital One Cup final.
However, Silvino Louro jumped for joy when the final whistle blew to gift Liverpool a 2-1 win and Chelsea an even more commanding position at the summit of the Premier League.
Mourinho said: "I told them I didn't want any kind of manifestation or disappointment if City scored in the last minute, or Liverpool won. I wanted complete silence."
And Mourinho's tough choice
Eyebrows were raised when Petr Cech was selected over Thibaut Courtois for the game against Tottenham. The Czech Republic international has played second fiddle to his team-mate all season, but was given a chance to impress on the biggest stage at Wembley Stadium.
Mourinho said: "I chose [Cech] because this was his competition, we made a decision to make Courtois our first-choice keeper because he is the young one, the future and he is amazing for his age.
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