Cesc Fabregas celebrated his 28th birthday on Monday, a day after clinching his first Premier League title. He had some words of praise about manager Jose Mourinho, including a bit in which he compared his current manager to guys like Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola, and Vincente Del Bosque:
‘Every single day he makes you be at the top of your game. He knows how to get the best out of you and that’s what you want as a manager. A manager that can motivate a player every three days in a season when you play 60 games a season is not easy, trust me.'
‘He loves winning. He has some edge that goes above anyone I have been with, a mentality he shows in every single training session and in every game. I now can understand why he has won what he has won in his career.'
‘He has made me feel very important within the team. He allows me to play the way I feel and that is very important for my confidence. He has made me feel things that I didn’t feel for a while. He allows me to give speeches, to feel like a leader and to feel important to the team. That’s good for a player.’
Meanwhile, Wenger spoke about the point in the season where he accepted that his Arsenal side just weren't going to catch Chelsea, and ironically, it was after Fabregas scored a late winner to turn one point into three, and help ensure that QPR will almost certainly be facing the drop:
"We gave everything to come back [into the title race]. There were a few turning points, the first was not starting well this season. [The other was] Chelsea at QPR when they didn’t drop points. They were very consistent. They lost only two games."
Hopefully, we'll be hearing Wenger talk of more Cesc-related moments of heartbreak next season, en route to the player lifting his second Premier League title.