Arsenal legend: Chelsea situation now tough for Cesc Fabregas

Charlie Nicholas believes that Cesc Fabregas may struggle to cope with a hostile atmosphere at Chelsea in the coming weeks

Charlie Nicholas believes that Cesc Fabregas is now in a “tough” situation at Chelsea after he was jeered by fans during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Sunderland.

The former Arsenal captain was booed by sections of the home fans as he was substituted in the 71st minute at Stamford Bridge in what was Chelsea’s first game since Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Thursday.

There were also mixed receptions for the likes of Diego Costa as Chelsea returned to winning ways in front of their home fans.

And Nicholas feels that Fabregas will find it difficult to cope with the criticism aimed his way in the coming weeks.

Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon, Nicholas said: “I think this will be about for quite a few weeks yet, maybe even months. Somebody like Fabregas in particular, someone they associate as an Arsenal man, they never quite adapted to him.

“Costa on the other hand is a warrior when he wants to be so he can probably take it, but it was harsher than Cesc.

“I don’t see a long-term situation for Cesc, he will find that tough. This is a guy who has been at Barcelona, he’s been at top clubs and he found himself a champion last season. I don’t think he really needs this type of hassle in his life if this continues.

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“It may be different. [Didier] Drogba may come in with Hiddink and relax them, turn it around. If they do then credit to them, but I think it will be difficult for certain characters.”

Saturday’s win left Chelsea in 15th place in the Premier League table and 20 points behind leaders Leicester City, with their title defence in tatters.

The Blues take on Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League in the new year.

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