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Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has worked with many of the game’s best managers, from Arsene Wenger to Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
In a recent interview with CBS Sports, Fabregas discussed tactics and his role in the middle of the park, as he believes that the game revolves around the central midfielders who see every part of the pitch and dictate the team’s play.
Surprisingly, the former Blues playmaker has revealed that he didn’t rate current boss Thomas Tuchel’s tactics while he was PSG manager.
Fabregas who plays for Monaco, recalled a 3-2 win over the Parisians at the Stade Louis II 12 months ago, and he revealed that Tuchel’s side was so disorganised in midfield in that game.
According to Cesc, he was a bit sceptical about Tuchel’s appointment to take charge of Chelsea, but got more comfortable after watching the team’s first three games, as Tuchel turned Chelsea to a very tactically disciplined team. Fabregas believes the players have a major impact in the turnaround.
Fabregas explains: “I was playing as a number 10 and I felt I’m running the game here. No one is putting pressure on me. I felt that the team was very distanced, no compactness, nothing. They were not a team.
“I was curious to see how he will do with Chelsea; after two, three games, you could see the impact that he had made. And then I realized that at the end of the day, the team makes the difference. Because if you have a team full of quality like Chelsea have but on top of that, they are humble, they work hard, they’re disciplined, they know what to do when they listen to the coach, they give their all, they’re together and they are a full team then these results come.
“At the end of the day the message that the manager gives, if the players want to do it it can be very successful. At the same time, it shows us well that if the players don’t believe in it, or they don’t listen to it, or they do what they want, then the coach can say whatever he wants. He can work 20 hours a day. It will never work.”