With the FA Cup final looming in the horizon, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been speaking on his fomer boss Jose Mourinho, stating that he loves the Portuguese tactician even though he still views departing Arsene Wenger as a father figure.
Mourinho brought Fabregas back to England with Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014 and he went on to win the league in his debut season.
He was also a winner with Antonio Conte last season.
He said of the Manchester United coach; “No, especially in the last two years, we played many games against them and he has changed the system many times,
“I am sure he will change something again on Saturday.
“I love him. I always say that. I owe him a lot because he brought me here, I will always remember that. My first year here, Arsene [Wenger] had always treated me like a son, but the closest anyone has been to him was Jose. The way he treated me, the way he made me feel, how he let me be a leader of the team from day one.
“This was fantastic and in all the four years since I joined Chelsea, that will always stay with me. It [this experience] is thanks to him. Our history of what happened between us – I played for Arsenal and him at Chelsea, Barcelona and him with Real Madrid.
“We were confronting each other, but then we humbled ourselves and started a good relationship. This is very nice but hopefully it will not be his day and Chelsea can win.
“I was happy at Barcelona but there were players who were there for many years before me. For me, it was different because I went and came back and they paid money for me. It is more difficult, I never had the same love that the other players had. That’s also because they were such fantastic players, don’t get me wrong! When he brought me here, I had a lot of fire inside of me. It was a fantastic year [with him], to be honest.”
The FA Cup final presents the only trophy available to both the Blues and the Reds.