Chelsea: Jose Mourinho praises 'maestro' Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas was called a "maestro" by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after he set up two goals in their Premier League season-opening 3-1 win at Burnley.

The 27-year-old former Arsenal midfielder joined Chelsea for £27m from Barcelona in June.

"I agree completely with Cesc as man of the match," said Mourinho, whose side moved straight to the top the table.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho praises Blues

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho praises Blues

"He controlled the tempo of the game and was responsible for the best phase of our play."

Mourinho's side, many people's favourites to win the title, outclassed their newly-promoted hosts, despite conceding the lead.

Clarets midfielder Scott Arfield beat Thibaut Courtois, starting in goal instead of long-time Blues first-choice keeper Petr Cech, with the game's first shot on target.

But debutant Diego Costa, a £32m summer purchase from Atletico Madrid, quickly equalised with his first Premier League goal.

Fabregas set up Andre Schurrle for Chelsea's second with a sublime first-time pass, and the former Arsenal player was also involved in the third, taking charge of the corner which led to Branislav Ivanovic's strike.

"I hope he has more of that," said Mourinho of the Spain international's pass to Schurrle. "We know he's capable.

Fabulous Fabregas
Fabregas scored 59 goals in 305 games for Arsenal, and helped them win the 2005 FA CupThe 27-year-old won La Liga in 2013 and the Copa del Rey in 2012 with Barcelona
He won the 2010 World Cup with Spain and has scored 13 goals in 91 international appearancesHe has now assisted 72 Premier League goals, just two fewer than Thierry Henry

"More important than the pass was the control he had with the game, the understanding he had with Nemanja Matic which brings our team to a different dimension in the quality of football that we play.

"He makes the right decisions, the right intensity of the game and he brings other people in the right direction. I am really happy with him."

Chelsea captain John Terry also praised Fabregas.

"Some of the movement and play for the goals was different class, and Cesc was probably pick of the bunch for Schurrle's goal," he said.

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Mourinho, meanwhile, believed his team should have been awarded a penalty when Costa went down after home goalkeeper Tom Heaton caught his trailing leg.

Instead, the Spain striker was booked, a decision the manager described as "unfair", adding "it wasn't simulation but a clear penalty".

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said the Premier League new boys would learn from the defeat.

"We have to keep going, and we did in the second half. We continued to press and tried to break them down," he said.

"That's against a team who are at the top end of the business. We have to be realistic, not defeatist.

"Our journey is slightly different from Chelsea's. It's not about trying to get that game out the way. We enjoyed it, but we don't enjoy losing."

Cesc Fabregas
Fabregas joined Arsenal from Barcelona before leaving the Gunners to rejoin Catalan giants Barca
Cesc Fabregas and Andre Schurrle celebrate
Andre Schurrle's goal came after a 25-pass move, which included a fabulous Cesc Fabregas pass
Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas has now assisted 72 Premier League goals, just two fewer than Thierry Henry

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea110023
2Man City110023
3Arsenal110013
4Liverpool110013
5Swansea110013
6Aston Villa110013
7Hull110013
8Tottenham110013
9Everton101001
10Leicester101001
11Sunderland101001
12West Brom101001
13Crystal Palace1001-10
14Man Utd1001-10
15Southampton1001-10
16QPR1001-10
17Stoke1001-10
18West Ham1001-10
19Burnley1001-20
20Newcastle1001-20
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