Jose Mourinho praises Cesc Fabregas after Chelsea beat Burnley
Chelsea comfortable 3-1 winners against Clarets, with Fabregas man of the match at Turf Moor
August 19th, 2014
It was like he’d never been away from the Premier League, with Cesc Fabregas playing a starring role on Monday night as Chelsea cruised to a 3-1 victory against a newly-promoted Burnley team.
Scott Arfield had given the Clarets a surprise lead before Diego Costa and Andre Schurrle hit back for the visitors, while Branislav Ivanovic’s strike in the 34th minute effectively put the game out of reach.
Jose Mourinho saw new signing Cesc Fabregas play a blinder in the middle of the park, with the Spaniard setting up two of his team’s goals and his manager claimed after the game that the midfielder had been misused at previous club Barcelona.
“The team played very well but I agree with Cesc being man of the match because he and [Nemanja] Matic controlled the game and dictated the intensity of it,” said the Chelsea manager. “They decided how to control the pace. They were both good brains in this team and I am happy with that because last season we could not control the game as we controlled [it] today.”
Mourinho added: “When the players are your first choice it is very difficult to make a mistake. Fábregas was our first choice for that position. I know clearly what the player is because we were so long in the same league.
“He moved to Spain also, so for the last 10 years we have been in the same league for six or seven. I know exactly what he will bring. For Barça he was the fake nine, the number ten and winger but I know and he knows what is his best position so he is giving exactly what we need. Quick thinking in midfield. He brings people in the same direction. I am really happy.”