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Chelsea match-winner Diego Costa 'not yet at his best'

Cesc and Costa combined to good effect once again Credit: PA

Matchwinner Diego Costa believes his best football is yet to come as Chelsea claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over West Brom to move back to the top of the Premier League.

Costa did well to finally break through the Baggies defence and picked out the top corner with a powerful effort that left a diving Ben Foster with no chance after 76 minutes for his 12th goal of the season.

Man of the match Costa's words were relayed to BT Sport by Cesc Fabregas, who effectively interviewed his own team-mate.

Fabregas said after his conversation in Spanish with Costa:

He feels he's in great form but not the I wouldn't like to see his best to be honest because he's playing outstanding.

But he says that the best way to attack is to defend well and at the moment we're doing it.

Yes, they had a few chances at the beginning, but he feels the team is very, very compact and very well organised and that makes it easier for the way we attack.

– Diego Costa, via Cesc Fabregas


Fabregas sorry for red card challenge against Liverpool

Cesc Faregas saw red. Credit: Reuters

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas apologised to Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan for the tackle that saw the Spaniard sent off, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

The former Barcelona man was dismissed in the friendly for a reckless challenge on the Estonian in a game Chelsea went on to win 1-0.

It's a red card. He (Fabregas) came by us in the dressing room and said sorry.

He came too late in the challenge, of course. Sometimes in life if you are too late you get a red card, especially in football.

– Jurgen Klopp

Chelsea confidence growing - Fabregas

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas on the ball against Man City. Credit: PA

Cesc Fabregas said Chelsea's confidence was returning after they swept aside a barely recognisable Manchester City team, winning 5-1 in the FA Cup.

Chelsea scored four times in the second half as they crushed a youthful visiting side featuring five full debutants in the fifth-round tie at Stamford Bridge.

"You can see straight away we are playing better and better and the confidence once you start winning is growing and growing," Fabregas told the BBC. "We still have to improve. We have big games coming up."

The midfielder claimed City's decision to make wholesale changes did not play into the Blues' hands, though.

"For us it was negative," he said. "It puts pressure on us. The pressure was on us, big time."

Fabregas to Mourinho: Thank you for all you have done

Cesc Fabregas has paid tribute to outgoing Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, thanking the Portuguese for "all you have done for me".

"I owe you a lot and we will all miss you," the Spanish international said.

Fabregas: Chelsea players need to earn wages

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has called on his team-mates to start earning their money following their poor start to the season.

The west London club currently find themselves struggling in 16th place after 16 matches, including Monday's loss at Leicester.

Cesc Fabregas has been in and out of the team this season. Credit: PA

"We all have to take responsibility. If you are a big player and you are paid like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big player," Fabregas said in a Facebook interview.

"I am not saying you can't have a bad season and bad games. We all have - big players and small players. But the attitude has to always be spot on. We must always be at the top of our games, and the behaviour has to be better than what we are seeing right now from every single Chelsea player."


Cesc Fabregas tweets his support for Chelsea manager

Fabregas has been out of sorts this season. Credit: PA

Cesc Fabregas has tweeted his support for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stressing he is "extremely happy" at the club and has an "excellent relationship with the manager".

The Spanish midfielder, who was left out of Mourinho's starting line-up for Saturday's defeat against Liverpool, said:

I would like to clarify that contrary to a few reports form some online websites, I am extremely happy at Chelsea and have an excellent relationship with the manager.

There maybe certain individuals from the outside trying to destabilise this club but I strongly believe that we will bounce back and come good again.

– @cesc4official

Chelsea midfielder Fabregas sent off in hilarious fashion

Cesc Fabregas, right, was dismissed. Credit: PA

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was sent off by referee Mike Jones after kicking the ball into a crowd of players.

Jones was trying to deal with a previous foul, when the Spaniard kicked the ball straight at Chris Brunt's head, leaving Jones not choice but to dismiss the striker.

Cesc Fabregas was ignored by Jose Mourinho. Credit: Reuters

Fabregas says Mourinho has 'edge' over Arsenal boss

Cesc Fabregas believes Jose Mourinho has an "edge" that goes above any other manager he has worked with in football, including Arsene Wenger.

Fabregas enjoys winning the Premier League title on Sunday. Credit: PA

The Chelsea midfielder woke up on Monday morning celebrating his 28th birthday and a Premier League title victory three games before his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge comes to an end.

It's a dream that Fabregas failed to fulfill during seven seasons under Wenger at Arsenal, and he has singled out Mourinho's winning mentality as a decisive factor in Chelsea's triumphant season.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Spanish international said:

He knows how to manage a team and how to get the best from you. That’s what you want from a manager, 100 per cent. He can motivate a player every three days. Not easy when you play 60 games a season, trust me.

Everyone thinks that we have a big squad, but we don’t. We’ve used 22 players, some of them from the under-21s, so it’s not easy and he actually is doing a fantastic job.

He just loves winning. I’m not saying other managers I’ve played under don’t, but he has some edge that goes above anyone else I have ever been with. The mentality shows in every single training session or game. I now understand why he has won what he has won in his career.

– Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas
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