Five months on and people are still talking about Jose Mourinho’s sacking from Chelsea.
The previous season he had led the Blues to a comfortable league title but by December he was dismissed with the west London club languishing in the lower reaches of the table.
How a team consisting of the same players that romped to Premier League glory were failing so miserable just a few months on was bewildering. Even some of the players were blamed for their lack of commitment for their manager.
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This belief was strengthened when caretaker Guus Hiddink took over and went on a long unbeaten run in the league.
Cess Fabregas was one of those players who was blamed for not playing for his manager with his form dramatically improving under Hiddink.
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And the Spanish midfielder has revealed what Mourinho’s biggest problem was during this campaign.
“I think Jose’s biggest problem was that he trusted us too much,” Fabregas said whilst appearing on Monday Night Football, per The Mirror.
“He gave us more holiday because we were champions. He believed in us more, he trusted us more, and we let him down.
“The whole team, all the players and that was the main reason why in the end he had to go. And for that, myself obviously and all the team, we feel bad for him,” he added.
Relationship with Mourinho
Despite many believing the relationship between Fabregas and Mourinho was a strained one, the 28-year-old insisted that he has big respect for his former boss.
“A lot has been said – many wrong things about that. I love Jose, I consider him a friend. We still keep in touch right now and some of the things said were unfortunate but, you know, I have huge respect [for him]," he said.
Defending their title
Fabregas also explained that the club found defending their title difficult. Only Manchester United and Chelsea have won consecutive league titles and the former Arsenal and Barcelona ace explained why it’s so hard to do.
”Obviously it is difficult because when you are champions it means that the rest of the teams will improve, they will strengthen their squad and in pre-season they will work hard to try and beat you.
"And it’s obviously the most difficult; I always say that to retain things means that you need to work even double than the year before because the other teams will be stronger. Unfortunately it wasn’t our season this year," the Spaniard added.
Since leaving Stamford Bridge, Mourinho has been constantly linked to take over at Old Trafford. Louis van Gaal’s is under pressure with his side looking unlikely to qualify for next season’s Champions League and reports suggest he will be replaced by Mourinho.