The match outlined the gulf in quality that currently exists between the two Premier League squads.
Admittedly it was arguably Manchester City’s best performance of the season, but Antonio Conte clearly has much to work on when he arrives in west London this summer.
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According to a report in The Sun, Cesc Fabregas threw a ‘tantrum’ after the match and ‘stormed out of Stamford Bridge’ with a hoodie covering his head just 15 minutes after the final whistle.
Neil Ashton, who wrote the story, claims this is a sign that Chelsea are “in meltdown” and adds that Conte inherits a squad of players ‘who have lost their drive and desire’. Harsh or fair?
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The report also reveals that Fabregas was “frustrated” by Chelsea’s disappointing performance against one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
Fabregas seemed fine on MNF...
The Spanish World Cup winner, who won the Premier League title in his first season with the Blues after completing a surprise switch from Barcelona in the summer of 2014, appeared on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football two days later and appeared to be fine.
Although clearly disappointed by the manner in which Chelsea had been beaten by City, there was no suggestion he had stormed out of the Bridge.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that The Sun’s report is inaccurate in any way. Time is the best healer and it’s possible that Cesc had simply cooled down by the following Monday.
The 28-year-old was impressive in his role as a guest pundit before, during and after Monday night’s Premier League clash between Stoke City and Tottenham - especially given the fact English is not his first language.
Fabregas admits he feels bad for Mourinho
Fabregas spoke openly about his career and believes he and his teammates must accept responsibility for the departure of Jose Mourinho back in December.
"I have huge respect for him - we still keep in touch right now," Fabregas said, per the London Evening Standard. "The biggest problem was he trusted us too much, gave us more holiday because we were champions and we let him down.
"That was the main reason he had to go - and for that myself and the team feel bad for it."
Fabregas has improved since Hiddink arrived
Fabregas’s performances, however, have improved since Guus Hiddink replaced Mourinho just before the turn of the New Year.
The Spaniard has had more touches and completed more successful passes than any other player in the Premier League since the veteran Dutch coach took the reins at the Bridge.
Chelsea fans: do you still feel Cesc Fabregas let Jose Mourinho down? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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