Cesc Fabregas believes Real Madrid and Barcelona are two of the three favourites for the Champions League as ‘they have the best players.”
Fabregas spoke to Radio Marca as he approaches his 100th Spain cap and, having discussed national team issues, was asked about goings-on at club level.
“Four or five years ago it was all English teams in [latter stages of the Champions League],” he recalled.
“Now it seems like it’s hard. The Premier League is the most competitive League there is. I say that having played in two Leagues.
“But the best players are at Barcelona and Madrid. Then Bayern Munich have an advantage because of the winter break and having a new pre-season. That helps.
“Barca and Madrid are the best teams, in my opinion. After them are Bayern, but in the Champions League, Madrid and Barca are favourites.”
Fabregas moved on to talk about the predicament at Chelsea as the Premier League champions find themselves well off the pace at the start of the new campaign.
“We’re not doing well. Chelsea have the best Coach and it’s necessary to fix the situation. Jose Mourinho is the best Coach we could have and the best in Chelsea’s history,” Fabregas considered.
“He treated me very well at a delicate moment of my career and he is a person who has helped me face-to-face. The image of Mourinho is different in person than on TV. I know because I’ve experienced it.”
Fabregas’ interview concluded with a question on Sergio Ramos’ row with Rafa Benitez, after the defender publically questioned the Coach following the derby draw with Atletico Madrid.
“In Spain, the Coach has a row with a big player and it’s taken personally. It’s different in England. That doesn’t happen,” he remarked.