Fabregas: Chelsea are playing like Barcelona

The Spain international swapped the Camp Nou for Stamford Bridge in the summer and he sees similarities between the two sides, and has also praised manager Jose Mourinho
Cesc Fabregas believes Chelsea are playing a similar style to Barcelona under Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea have enjoyed a strong start to the campaign and currently sit three points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

And Fabregas, who joined Stamford Bridge from Barcelona in a £30 million summer deal, believes Mourinho has learned from his time facing the Catalan club in La Liga and is implementing a similar philosophy at Chelsea.

“Mourinho adapts to the players he has,” Fabregas told reporters.

“What makes him so great as a coach is that he adapts to any situation and his teams can play in many different ways. It’s a very intelligent way of managing.

“I’d say that Barca have a style that he has already experienced and understands perfectly.

“We play a very similar game – we want to be the team that takes the initiative, have possession and look to score. We may have a different system, but the ­philosophy is similar.”