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Fabregas: I forgot how to play football!

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Cesc Fabregas has revealed his confidence struggles he endured towards the end of Jose Mourinho’s reign at Stamford Bridge


Cesc Fabregas claims he “forgot how to play football” in his lowest ebb at Chelsea earlier this season.

The reigning Premier League champions embarked on a shambolic run of results in the first half of 2015-16 that took them from title favourites to hovering above the relegation zone.

Among the defeats was a 1-0 loss to newly-promoted Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on December 5, two weeks before the club axed Jose Mourinho, and Fabregas reveals how serious his crisis in confidence was during that period.

“One time after a game, after Bournemouth, I was in bed and I spoke to my wife,” he told Goal during a Q&A at Puma’s #choosetricks boot launch in London. “I forgot how to play football, I have the ball and I don’t know what to do with it.

“It was hard, those two or three months from November, when I had no confidence.”

Guus Hiddink’s arrival as caretaker boss has coincided with Fabregas’ return to his usual self, the former Arsenal captain claims, as Chelsea aim to get revenge on Bournemouth this Saturday.

“Everything has changed in the last few months, I’m playing very well,” Cesc Fabregas, 28, continued. “Most importantly, it isn’t how you get [knocked] down, it’s how you get back up. I can be better now.”

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