Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry had an interaction with Facebook fans along with Cesc Fabregas.
Both ex-Arsenal team mates met the fans for Q&A session in London. Fabregas admitted that Chelsea’s poor run is on players not with Manager. Chelsea beat by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
In post-match interview Jose Mourinho said players betrayed his tactics and his game plans. Chelsea board held a meeting after this humiliating defeat and Mourinho’s tenure in Chelsea under threat.
But, Fabregas agreed that players must take responsibilities for Chelsea’s present form and results.
He said: “We will all have to take responsibility. If you are a big player and paid like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big player,”
“I am not saying you can’t have a bad season and bad games. We all have big players and small players, but the attitude must be spot on. We must always be at the top of our games, even when it’s not and not the behaviour that we are seeing right now from every Chelsea player.”
Spaniard also stated: “Confidence is important until a certain point. At the end of the day, as a player you have pride. We cannot win the Premier League right now, but we must do better,”
“Right now is not the time to think of where we might finish, we’ve been saying it almost all season.
Henry joined with Fabregas and mentioned the same point with his perspective.
“People are having a go at Mourinho, whether you like him or not, that’s a different story. People are saying: ‘Did he lose the dressing room? Did he not? Is it the tactics? Is it the right players? Is it [Kurt] Zouma? Is it [John] Terry? Should he start with this or that?’
“For me, Chelsea having a bad season is finishing fifth. But they have lost nine games so far, nine games. I never thought I would be saying that and we are not even half way through the season. I just don’t get it.” Henry told.
“The doctor situation, Mourinho with the referees, I always try to defend players to an extent, but I am sorry with the quality in that team, whether you play 4-4-2, 4-3-3 or 4-5-1, how can you not beat Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, and it’s no disrespect to any of those teams, at your place at the very least.
He added: “It seems like it’s difficult for them and yes, you can have a go at the boss, but I also think you can have a massive go at the players at the moment.
“Both of them are in a situation that I don’t know what it is like because I’ve never been in that situation like that. Cesc said it, we had bad seasons at Arsenal, but we managed to finish high up. But I think it is time for the players to be professional about it, where is your pride?”
Cesc Fabregas has completed his £ 28 million move from Barcelona to Chelsea just hours before the World Cup 2014 kickoff. It has been heavily speculated for the last few weeks that Fabregas would move to Chelsea with a couple of players already leaking the information. The big news, though, came with Fabregas posing in a Chelsea shirt just a day before Spain prepare to take on Netherlands in their opening match.
After three years at Barcelona, Fabregas will be moving on after he failed to win over the fans. They have been especially vocal in their displeasure over the former Arsenal man, which is surprising considering that Barcelona is his childhood club. After confirming the news, Fabregas stated that he is extremely happy to move to Chelsea. He is also confident that he will settle in well at the club. He said:
“Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed three wonderful years. It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team.
“I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time to return.”
The midfielder also revealed that he has an unfinished business in the Premier League. Despite spending eight years at Arsenal, he never managed to win the league title. It remains to be seen how Arsenal fans will react to this move. After confirming the move to Barcelona in 2011, Fabregas stated that he will forever remain as a fan of Arsenal.
Fabregas is expected to replace Frank Lampard in the centre of Chelsea’s midfield, although he could also play up front in place of Oscar.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has been caught saying that Cesc Fabregas will certainly leave Barcelona in the summer for €33 million. Pique was caught revealing the information to Vicente del Bosque just before the start of the press conference, but the defender was unaware that the microphones were switched on. This is likely to confirm rumours that Fabregas would be allowed to leave the Camp Nou for around £30 million. Pique said:
“Someone needs to stand up for Cesc. He’s told me it’s a done deal. He’s leaving now for 33 million.”
“The president just can’t seem to catch a break. You’re going to drive the poor guy crazy,” said Del Bosque in his response.
Manchester United were heavily interested in him for several months, but they are now set to lose the battle to Chelsea, who have stepped in at the last moment. The blues are reportedly looking to replace Frank Lampard with a quality player. After having been rebuffed from the likes of Koke and Paul Pogba, Chelsea are thought to be interested in Fabregas.
The 27-year-old has immense experience of playing in the Premier League and will be able to kick on almost immediately. However, his wage demands are thought to be in the region of £200,000 per week. This could pose problems for Chelsea, who are striving hard to comply with the FFP regulations.
Ahead of the World Cup 2014, Fernando Torres also said that the signing of Fabregas would be great for Chelsea since the club does not have a player of his style right now. Interestingly, the club sold Juan Mata, a similar kind of player, to Manchester United only in January.
Manchester United have been dealt a major blow after Barcelona ruled out selling Cesc Fabregas in the summer. The former Arsenal man has been a transfer target for United for more than 12 months. Recently, their goalkeeper David de Gea stated that he was trying to convince Fabregas to move to Old Trafford. Now, the hopes of signing the 27-year-old has come crashing after Barcelona categorically stated that players like Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez will not be sold.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: “We don’t want to sell players. Barca do not want to sell Fabregas or any other players that may appear to be on the market.”
Barcelona went through a very poor campaign in which they failed to win any major trophy. The only consolation was taking the defence of the league title to the final day. Speculation has been rife that the club would consider selling a couple of star names in order to strengthen the squad. Debts of more than £ 300 million mean that they need to sell in order to buy players.
Fabregas and Sanchez have been viewed as saleable assets, as they have not really set the world alight on fire since coming to the Camp Nou for a combined transfer fee of £70 million.
Fabregas is thought to have been made as Louis van Gaal’s primary transfer target after the club decided to end their interest in Bayern Munich stars Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben. This latest statement from the Spanish club comes as a major blow for United’s hopes in the new campaign.
Talk of former Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas has resurfaced after the announcement that United target Thiago Alcantara his signed with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Not a surprise really when you realize that he moved up through the ranks at Barcelona while new Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola was in charge at the Nou Camp, and given the fact that Guardiola’s brother Pere is Thiago’s agent it is not surprising that he chose to sign for the European Champions.
United are desperate to shore up their mid-field now that Paul Scholes has retired, and Ryan Giggs is looking to be more of a coach than a player, plus there is still no news on when Darren Fletcher will be fully fit.
A move to United would almost certainly guarantee regular first team soccer for Fabregas unlike at Barcelona where he is not guaranteed a start for Tito Vilanova’s team.
A move to Old Trafford would see the 26-year-old join up with his former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie where he would play alongside Michael Carrick in the center of the park week-in week-out.
All this is not as straight forward as it sounds as the club he once captained Arsenal have a clause in the deal when they sold Fabregas back to Arsenal that if the Catalans ever decided to sell that Arsenal have a first choice option of bringing him back to the Emirates for $37.5 million.
My take on the matter is that Fabregas seems quite happy at Barcelona despite not always being the first choice come game day, and you must remember this is his home and the place where he grew up, so I would not be surprised if he just stayed put.
Should that be the case you can expect to find both clubs turning their attention to Belgium international Marouane Fellaini who has a $35 million buy-out-clause built into his contract that expires August 14th.
The Everton midfielder is almost certain to be signed by someone this summer, with Manchester United having the edge over any rivals due to Moyes connection with the Toffee’s.