Jose Mourinho heaps praise on Cesc Fabregas

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Jose Mourinho has praised Cesc Fabregas and is not worried by the midfielder's suspension ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against Hull City.

Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference: "It's just our philosophy. Fabregas obviously has been amazing for us and is playing fantastically well but he is suspended tomorrow so we don't think about him. We trust the other person that will have chance to play, and Fabregas will be fresh to play against Derby."

The Spanish midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in Chelsea's loss to Newcastle last weekend, their first defeat of the season.


Fabregas has been in fantastic form for the Londoners since his move from Barcelona and has played every Premier League game until now, pitching in with one goal and 11 assists. He also has a pass completion of 88.3% and completed more passes than any other player in the league with 1,114.


Mourinho will also have to manage without Thibaut Courtois in goal after he sustained a muscle problem in training.

The Belgian has kept former number one Petr Cech out of the starting line-up in the Premier League this season but Mourinho is not worried.

He told reporters: "It's his (Cech) natural habitat to be in goal and not on the bench. That's why since the beginning of the season I have kept saying it's perfect for me to have Petr in the squad."

The Czech international will have his work cut out, Chelsea have kept 12 clean sheets in their last 15 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge and have conceded just five times.

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