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Cesc Fabregas believes Eden Hazard can be as good as Lionel Messi

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2.24K   //    05 May 2015, 10:54 IST
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Fabregas has provided the highest number of assists (17) this season

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was asked if Eden Hazard is capable of reaching the kind of heights that former team-mate Lionel Messi has achieved in his career. The Spaniard said, “He can be one of those for sure. He can be up there for sure. He's had a fantastic season, I just want for him to do it again next year and to be even better.

“He's the main guy. In my mind he is the guy that makes this team better than it is. Next year he has to prove himself in the Champions League as well because he is capable of that, and I am sure he will give many big nights of glory to this club.”

Chelsea have often depended on the former Barcelona man and the Belgian this season as primary creative outlets this season. Fabregas seems to be putting the same faith in his Hazard as the rest of his team-mates and coach Jose Mourinho have done this season.

Fabregas also spoke about the Portuguese coach’s mentality, saying, “He just loves winning, I'm not just saying other managers I have played under don't, but he has some edge that goes above anyone else I have ever been with.

Which is quite a claim considering he has previously been under the tutelage of the likes of Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola.

He also went on to say, “The mentality shows every single training session, or game. I now understand why he has won what he has won in his career.

“Yes, Mourinho has a touch of magic, 100 percent. He knows how to manage a team, he knows how to get the best out of you, and that's what you want from a manager, 100 percent.”

The former Arsenal captain also spoke about further ambitions at the club and the feeling that this Premier League title win is the beginning of something new for him and the club. 

He said, “ Hopefully it will be the start of a new era, a new team. Hopefully the new players now feel this winning mentality can go on for a long time.

“Even obviously we have the likes of John Terry, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic and Jon Obi Mikel, they have all been here seven or eight years, even longer.”

Fabregas’ outlook seems incredibly positive and having just confirmed their status as Champions, it’s not difficult to see why.

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