Jose Mourinho runs rule over Chelsea’s struggling Cesc Fabregas

Jose Mourinho discusses the form of Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas ahead of Monday's trip to Leicester City

Jose Mourinho admits Cesc Fabregas’s performances have mirrored Chelsea’s poor form this season ahead of their trip to Leicester City on Monday night.

The Blues booked their place in the Champions League last 16 as group winners thanks to a 2-0 victory over Portuguese side Porto at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Every minute I see him on the pitch he is totally committed

Jose Mourinho

The Spain international was an unused substitute in the Champions League win after Fabregas struggled in a shock 1-0 loss to Bournemouth last weekend.

The 28-year-old will hope to reclaim his starting spot for Chelsea’s trip to surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Monday.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference on Friday afternoon, Mourinho discussed the form of the World Cup winner after his recent omission against Porto.

“Cesc Fabregas is in the same moment as the team. It is an intimate relationship. The team is not playing well and it is difficult for the players to play well,” Mourinho said.

“Last season, you could go through the whole team: Thibaut Courtois – amazing, Branislav Ivanovic – amazing, Gary Cahill – amazing, John Terry – amazing. Now, there are only one or two.

“But every minute I see him on the pitch he is totally committed.”

Fabregas has been heavily criticised after the playmaker’s below-par start to the season.

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The Chelsea man joined the west London side in a £27m deal from La Liga giants Barcelona in 2014.

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