Jose Mourinho bemoans 'strange' Cesc Fabregas omission from PFA team

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Jose Mourinho believes it's 'strange' that Cesc Fabregas was omitted from the PFA Team of the Year last night. 

Chelsea had six representatives in the XI including John Terry and Diego Costa, however there was no room for Fabregas despite the fact that the Spanish international leads the league with 16 assists, six more than nearest rival Angel di Maria.


Eden Hazard, who was also named in the team, scooped the PFA Player of the Year prize, while Tottenham striker Harry Kane bagged the Young Player of the Year award at a ceremony in London last night.

Although the former Arsenal man's form has dipped in the second half of the season, Mourinho still believes he warranted a place in the team.


When quizzed over whether the team should have included more Chelsea players, the Special One replied: “Yes, all. I think so. But I know that this is the Chelsea manager speaking, and obviously I respect every one of the players in that team, and especially everyone that chose.

“The players from the other teams have the right to choose. Obviously great players were in that team, and great players were outside that team. But just as an example, the season Fabregas is doing, the number of assists and quality of his game - not to be there is a bit strange.

“And I think that team wouldn't win the Premier League. Because that team is four defenders, Matic and only five to attack.

Chelsea are currently on the verge of securing their first Premier League title since 2010 after their 0-0 stalemate against Arsenal on Sunday. The Blues remain 10 points clear at the top thanks to the result at the Emirates Stadium, and can stretch that lead even further when they play their game in hand against Leicester on Wednesday.


Mourinho has also hit back at critics who labelled his side boring after the goalless draw against Arsenal, insisting that as long as his team are winning then the fans won't care.

He also aimed a swipe at rival boss Arsene Wenger, claiming that he'd rather play boring football that won titles, unlike Arsenal who haven't claimed the league in ten years.

"I'm not sure [that all fans think we are boring]," he said. "To be fair. I'm not sure of that. I met this morning an Arsenal fan, a gentleman who lives almost next door to me, an Arsenal fan of more than 50 years and he congratulated me for my press conference, saying I was 'spot on’.”


Jose Mourinho is, as he gleefully says, spot on - Cesc Fabregas' omission is a strange one. Although he has faded in the last few months, so have plenty of players including Costa who made the cut. He was in a league of his own during the first half of the campaign, and should still average out as one of the best players in the league even when his dip is taken into consideration.

Perhaps the presence of six of his team-mates swayed the final decision....

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