Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Scapegoat' Fabregas says Mourinho has total support

John Percy

Published 12/11/2015 | 02:30

Edin Dzeko is Bosnia’s record goal-scorer with 44 goals in 74 caps
Edin Dzeko is Bosnia’s record goal-scorer with 44 goals in 74 caps

Cesc Fabregas has insisted that he has been made a scapegoat for Chelsea's struggles but the Spanish midfielder has backed Jose Mourinho to revive their season.

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Fabregas delivered a withering response to his critics and said that he had been singled out after a disastrous start to the campaign for the Premier League champions.

Chelsea have secured only three league wins and their defence of the League Cup is over after they were beaten on penalties by Stoke City last month.

Mourinho has been under heavy scrutiny and is facing the prospect of being dismissed as manager for a second time by the club's chairman, Roman Abramovich, unless he can mastermind a turnaround.

Fabregas has arguably suffered more than any of Mourinho's players. Last season he was a pivotal figure as Chelsea cantered to the title but he has struggled this term with Mourinho even dropping him.

But the Spain midfielder said that Mourinho had the full backing of the Chelsea squad and hit back at criticism of his own performances.

"If you play well you are the first to have the finger pointed at you when things are going badly," he told Spain's Radio Cope.

"When things go well, you are the best and when things go wrong, you are finished, you are useless. Those of us who have been most criticised are Hazard, Diego Costa and myself, but you get used to it.

"Obviously, the results are not as favourable as we would want, but our level of play is not as bad as the results suggest.

"I am feeling good in the midst of all this but, clearly, when the results are not there in football, everything is negative and you see everything in a bad light. But I am still confident in this group and this team and I am sure we will be able to improve things."

Fabregas was even forced to deny on his Twitter account that he was behind a mini-revolt in the Chelsea dressing room. But he has reiterated his support for Mourinho and does not believe that the Portuguese will be sacked as manager.

"Someone invented a story - saying that I was leaking information from the changing room. I have dignity and I had to defend myself," the midfielder said.

"My relationship with Mourinho is good, as always. I don't think 'Mou' will be sacked. The coach trusts us and we trust him. We all have to work together to come out of this bad spell. The level of play at Chelsea does not correspond with the results, but I'm certain that we will improve." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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