Cesc Fabregas has aimed a dig at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger by claiming that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has an 'edge' that the Frenchman and his other former bosses don't possess.
Fabregas won the first Premier League title of his career with Chelsea at the weekend as the Blues edged past Crystal Palace with a 1-0 win. He failed to claim a winners medal during an eight year spell with Arsenal under Wenger before he joined Barcelona in 2011.
After celebrating the win over the weekend, Fabregas admitted that the key to winning the league crown was Mourinho's drive to be the best - something the Spanish international hasn't seen in any of his previous managers.
"He knows how to manage a team and how to get the best from you," he said. ‘That’s what you want from a manager, 100 per cent. He can motivate a player every three days — not easy when you play 60 games a season, trust me.
"Everyone thinks that we have a big squad, but we don’t. We’ve used 22 players, some of them from the under-21s, so it’s not easy and he actually is doing a fantastic job. ‘He just loves winning. I’m not saying other managers I’ve played under don’t, but he has some edge that goes above anyone else I have ever been with. The mentality shows in every single training session or game. I now understand why he has won what he has won in his career."
Fabregas has enjoyed a fine first season back in England at Stamford Bridge, bagging 17 assists to help put Chelsea out of reach with three games remaining. That wasn't enough to help him earn a place in the PFA Team of the Year, however the former Arsenal man says he feels loved in west London and that's what's most important.
"He makes me feel important in the team,’ said Fabregas. ‘He allows me to play the way I feel. I feel like that he trusts me. He makes me feel things I didn’t feel for a while: to feel important, to play every game, sometimes he allows me to give speeches.
"Every game before the game, one player gives a speech, and he allows me to feel like a leader, to feel important to the team. It is always good for a player to feel he has the confidence of the manager."
Fabregas also revealed that he was allowed to give the pre-match speech before the win over Palace that clinched the title.
"It was a special one," revealed the 28-year-old. "I cannot say what I said, but it worked, so I’m happy."
Cesc Fabregas is understandably delighted to win the Premier League title after so many frustrating years with Arsenal under Wenger.
There's been plenty of criticism of Wenger over the years because of his inability to win the title in such a long time so it's hard to argue with anything Fabregas says. All Arsenal and Wenger can do is listen to what Fabregas says and use it as ammunition to drive them on next year after a relatively successful campaign this time round.