Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has opened up about his experiences with his past managers in an interview with FourFourTwo.
The Spanish international has played under three heavyweight managers who will be present in the 2016/17 Premier League season; Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
Three of the games finest tacticians and philosophers have coached the playmaker and each has had differing effects upon what has been a very successful career.
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Wenger was the 29-year-old's first coach at the highest level, with the seasoned French manager plucking the Spaniard from the Barcelona academy during his teenage years, giving him his debut at just 16.
Fabregas describes Wenger as almost a 'father figure', citing the opportunities and belief the Arsenal manager gave him as pivotal to his progression, providing him with a world-class platform from which he could build.
The midfielder left his mentor to rejoin his home club Barcelona during the famous Guardiola years. Fabregas highlights the different side of the game that the revolutionary coach showed him, with a huge emphasis on the serial winning he experienced in Catalunya.
It will hurt Arsenal fans to hear their former hero describe the titles he claimed during his short spell at the club, six in total, and going on to almost brag about what it felt like to play with players of a different calibre. Surely, he is referring to Lionel Messi.
Mourinho then saw fit to bring Fabregas back to the Premier League, his first top-level footballing home, in what was a slightly controversial move across London to Chelsea.
The Portuguese manager's winning mentality and motivational tactics were the standout characteristics for the Spaniard, as he claimed his first English league title.
It is clear that Fabregas has been influenced in various different ways from three of the brightest minds to grace the game.
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