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Mourinho Hails Fabregas, Matic in Chelsea Opener

  • Guardian, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 2:40 PM

Jose Mourinho hailed Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic following Chelsea’s 3-1 come-from-behind win at Burnley in the Blues’ opening game of the Premier League season on Monday. Fabregas had a hand in all three Chelsea goals, registering two assists on the night, while coach Mourinho also pointed out that Matic helped his Spanish teammate control midfield.

“The team played very well but I agree with Cesc being man of the match because he and Matic controlled the game and dictated the intensity of it,” he said. “They decided how to control the pace. They were both good brains in this team and I am happy with that because last season we could not control the game as we controlled [it] today.”

Asked how he felt about the arrival of Fabregas specifically, the Portuguese said: “When the players are your first choice it is very difficult to make a mistake. Fábregas was our first choice for that position. I know clearly what the player is because we were so long in the same league. He moved to Spain also, so for the last 10 years we have been in the same league for six or seven. I know exactly what he will bring. For Barça he was the fake nine, the number ten and winger but I know and he knows what is his best position so he is giving exactly what we need. Quick thinking in midfield. He brings people in the same direction. I am really happy.”

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