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Cesc Fabregas admits Chelsea stars let Jose Mourinho down

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted former manager Jose Mourinho paid with his job for trusting the players "too much".

The Portuguese boss left the club in December with the Blues struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League after losing nine out of 16 games.

The 2015 champions are now 10th - 16 points outside the Champions League places - and Fabregas said he and his Chelsea team-mates "let him down."

"I have huge respect for him (Mourinho) - we still keep in touch right now," said the former Arsenal and Barcelona player.

"The biggest problem was he trusted us too much, gave us more holiday because we were champions and we let him down. That was the main reason he had to go - and for that myself and the team feel bad for it."

Fabregas, who spent eight years at Arsenal, also said he wanted Leicester to win the title.

Asked, ahead of Tottenham's meeting with Stoke, if he felt there would be another twist in the title race, Fabregas said: "Hopefully not, I don't want Spurs to win it to be honest.

"For what they've done through the season I'd love Leicester to win the Premier League."

Leicester travel to Chelsea in their final game of the season on May 15.

Meanwhile, Chelsea's under-19s retained their Uefa Youth League title with a 2-1 victory over Paris St Germain in Switzerland.

The club are unbeaten in the competition since November 2014 - a run of 15 matches - and they performed in the final with the confidence of defending champions.

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