Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been singing the praises of Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas following his side’s 2-1 victory over the Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, report the Metro.
Guardiola signed Fabregas for Barcelona during the summer transfer window of 2011, but the Spaniard never really replicated the performances he put in during his time with Arsenal after returning to the Camp Nou. However, despite that fact, Guardiola still recognises Fabregas’ supreme ability – particularly in possession.
The Man City boss is quoted by the Metro revealing that his side felt it was of high importance to nullify the threat posed by Fabregas during Saturday’s game in order to lesser Chelsea’s chances of building in the final third of the field:
“We knew that when Cesc has the ball, in one second he is the most special player in the world for that ball in behind. Chelsea want to play through the middle and attack with a lot of people. But we keep the ball as well as possible and regain possession as quickly as possible.”
They did so successfully, and Fabregas was virtually invisible throughout. He has the ability to grab a game by the scruff of it’s neck and turn it in Chelsea’s favour, but a tactical masterclass from Guardiola prevented him from doing so. Credit where credit’s due.