Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas says Jose Mourinho has the “magic touch” and is above any other manager he has played under.
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Fabregas’ words are unlikely to go down well in north London after the Spaniard spent eight seasons under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
For Mourinho, it’s yet another win over his arch-rival and it comes just days after Chelsea wrapped up the Premier League title with 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.
Fabregas placed Mourinho above the man who gave him his Premier League debut at 16, saying the Portuguese manager knew how to get the best out of his players.
“Hopefully it will be the start of a new era, a new team. Hopefully the new players now feel this winning mentality can go on for a long time,” Fabregas is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“Even obviously we have the likes of John Terry, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic and Jon Obi Mikel, they have all been here seven or eight years, even longer.
“I have always said since the beginning of the season that it is a very young talented team, and that as well is one of the causes that made me sign for the club, is that, potentially, this team can be one of the best in Europe.
“He (Mourinho) just loves winning. I’m not just saying other managers I have played under don’t, but he has some edge that goes above anyone else I have ever been with.
“The mentality shows every single training session, or game. I now understand why he has won what he has won in his career.
“Yes, Mourinho has a touch of magic, 100 per cent. He knows how to manage a team, he knows how to get the best out of you, and that’s what you want from a manager. 100 per cent.”
It is believed Fabregas and Wenger have not spoken since the Spanish international chose to return to England with Chelsea following his stint with boyhood club Barcelona.
Arsenal’s loss has been Chelsea’s gain, with Fabregas starring for the Blues this season as they wrapped up the title with three games remaining.
It’s Mourinho’s third league title with Chelsea after he claimed the 2004/05 and 2005/06 crowns before his departure to Inter Milan in 2008.