Cesc Fàbregas was absent from the starting line-up yesterday as José Mourinho chose the same lineup that defeated Porto in the Champions League. Entering the game in the second half and given lots of space to work, the Spanish midfielder created a lot of chances from the get-go, but none of them resulted in a goal to help Chelsea salvage their defeat against Leicester City.
Today, the Blues player did a Q&A at Sky Sports' Facebook page along with former Arsenal player Thierry Henry. In the event, he commented on Chelsea's loss to Leicester and how Mahrez's goal stole the team's chances of turning things around in the match.
"We experienced it last year as well when we had to go there and win and at half-time we were losing 1-0 and it was more or less the same kind of game, in the second-half we really pushed our level and won but yesterday we didn't."
"The manager said he tried to work us up and straight away they scored so whatever he said it really went to waste so after that with the confidence they have it would always be difficult."
"We had our chances, but to win games in the Premier League we were talking the other day that right now all teams are fast, strong and fit. Physically I've never experienced anything like this in Spain or at Arsenal like it is now. Quality wise there are five, six teams superior to them. But they are doing very, very well."
Mourinho heavily criticized the squad in his post-match interviews, pointing out that the players should be more humble in the face of their opponents. Fàbregas agrees that the squad needs to take the responsibility up to change their behaviour going forward.
"We all have to take our responsibility, if you are a big player and are paid like a big player you have to perform and behave like a big player."
"We all have bad games, but the attitude always has to be spot on and we have to be at the top of our games even when it's not and not the behaviour that we are seeing right now from every Chelsea player."
Chelsea's chances of defending their league title are practically gone at this point, but Fàbregas believes the current season can still be saved if the club go back to their winning ways; starting at their next Premier League game against Sunderland next weekend.
"Confidence is important but only until a certain point. As a player you have pride, we cannot win the Premier League but we all have to do better. Right now is not the time to think about where we finish. I don't think about anything I just think I want to beat Sunderland. We have to start winning."
"We can [save the season], 100% there is enough time to achieve it. But we have to start from now. Tomorrow waking up, train hard get to Saturday and beat Sunderland, then beat Watford next. It's all up to us."
-Cesc Fàbregas; Source: Sky Sports