“He looks like he’s forgotten how to play football!”
It’s a standard insult that can be heard on the terraces when a footballer is struggling with form.
But, if Chelsea fans had aimed that comment at Fabregas earlier in the season, it would actually be totally accurate.
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That’s because the Spaniard admitted that he was struggling to remember how to play the beautiful game while under Jose Mourinho.
The 2014/15 Premier League champions started the campaign terribly and flirted with relegation during the first few months. The players looked a completely different side to the team that lifted the title just a few months previously with some players being blamed for having an agenda with their Portuguese boss.
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One of those players was Fabregas. The playmaker looked a shadow of the man that had represented Arsenal and Barcelona in previous years but now seems to be back to his best under caretaker manager Guus Hiddink.
This has raised question marks as to whether Fabregas was purposely underperforming under Mourinho but it was, in fact, a case of forgetting how to play.
"One time after a game, after Bournemouth, I was in bed and I spoke to my wife," he told Goal.com.
"I forgot how to play football, I have the ball and I don't know what to do with it.
"It was hard, those two or three months from November, when I had no confidence."
Hiddink was previously unbeaten during his first 14 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge but the Blues have lost their last two games, against Swansea and Manchester City.
Back to his best
However, Fabregas has been, almost, ever-present since the Dutchman took over and feels that he has bounced back from his troubles earlier in the campaign.
"Everything has changed in the last few months, I'm playing very well," he said.
"Most importantly, it isn't how you get [knocked] down, it's how you get back up. I can be better now."
Fabregas will be hoping he doesn’t forget how to kick a ball during the summer where he will represent Spain at Euro 2016. When he returns to west London, Hiddink will have been replaced by Italian boss Antonio Conte.
Conte will manage his native country in France this summer and is likely to be given a large transfer budget in an attempt to turn Chelsea into title challengers again
The 28-year-old will be hoping he can remain a lynchpin in the Chelsea side despite the likely arrival of big signings.
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