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Ex-Arsenal, Barcelona & Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas reveals the two best managers he played for

By Chris Smith

Published: 13:27, 2 April 2020

Cesc Fabregas has named Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho as the two best managers he has played under.

The Spaniard has played under some of the best minds in the game during a playing career which has seen him turn out for the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona.

Fabregas’ record under Wenger and Mourinho:

  • Fabregas was given his senior debut by Wenger in October 2003 and went on to play 303 times for the Frenchman, winning the 2005 FA Cup.
  • The Spaniard left to join Barca in 2011, playing for the likes of Pep Guardiola and Tata Martino.
  • He was then signed by Mourinho in 2014 and won the Premier League title with Chelsea that season.
  • Record under Wenger: 303 games, 57 goals, 92 assists.
  • Record under Mourinho: 69 games, six goals, 27 assists.

Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri are just a few of the other high-profile names Fabregas has been coached by, but it’s Wenger – who he played under 303 times – and Mourinho who make up his top two.

“I had the best in the world, so I cannot complain,” the Monaco midfielder said on Instagram Live.

When asked to provide the top two, he added: “Wenger and Mourinho.”

At club level, Fabregas has worked under 15 managers in total — including interim and caretaker coaches — while his top two also sees Vicente Del Bosque, the man who guided Spain to the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Champions, omitted.

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‘Only Van Persie and Nasri were at my level’

Fabregas has recently fired up a number of his former Arsenal teammates, including right-back Bacary Sagna, by suggesting Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri were the only Gunners players on his level.

He added that he used to feel “destroyed” after seeing his teammates laugh while discussing their evening plans following a defeat.

This criticism has clearly left its mark on Sagna, who responded with “surprise” at how a supposed leader of the team could make such comments.

“I was surprised to read this. From him, I was surprised because he was supposed to be one of the leaders of the team, he was one of the great prospects and as a leader and a true player, you don’t speak like that about your club,” the Frenchman said recently.

“So I was surprised because he is a nice guy, he’s still a nice guy, this doesn’t change anything. But I was kind of surprised. Arsenal made him so saying that some players were not at his level was a bit harsh because I’m not sure out of all the seasons he was playing at the club, he was always an exemplary player.

“At that time, the press was talking about him not running enough or tracking back. So other players could have said ‘you should be running more or doing more’.

“If you look at Liverpool today, all of them are running. This is a team. And maybe, because we didn’t have the right spirit at that time we didn’t make this little extra push, or make that little extra run to track players, maybe this is the reason we didn’t win.”

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