Fabregas: Chelsea are playing like Barcelona

The Spain international swapped Camp Nou for Stamford Bridge in the summer and he sees similarities between the two sides - something he says is down to 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 €38 million summer deal, believes Mourinho has learned from his time in La Liga and is implementing a similar philosophy to that seen at Camp Nou.

"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."