Imagine for two seconds, if you can, the sickening amount of stress that Chelsea players, coaches and manager Jose Mourinho must be feeling every single day due to their horrid start to the 2015-16 Premier League season.
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“Losing sleep over it” probably doesn’t even begin to describe what they’re feeling, though they surely are sleeping a little less and/or worse at night. We know this to be true, because Cesc Fabregas has said so this weekend while on international duty with the Spanish national team. (Reminder: international breaks are the best time for quotes from Premier League players, as soon as they’re back home and away from that pesky British press.)
Fabregas, speaking to Spanish media — quotes from the Guardian:
“The season is being f—ed. The results have not done justice to what we do on the pitch. We are doing things better but we’ve had no luck. We have to start winning now.”
“I cannot support [Mourinho] more than I am doing. I am always saying he deserves it, 100 percent. We are not playing well but that does not mean we are not in favor of the manager or something like that.”
“Sometimes when I am at home, in bed, I wonder. You have your own thoughts and the manager will have his thoughts about what is going on and it is all about talking about things and putting this right all together.”
Fabregas, like a handful of others on the books at Chelsea — Pedro and Diego Costa, to name a couple, from that same Spain squad — have a great deal more at stake this season, in that their places aren’t guaranteed with their respective national teams at next summer’s European Championship in France. The football factory that Spain has become, an in-form everyman will take his roster spot in a heartbeat.
Through 12 rounds of the Premier League season, Chelsea currently sit 16th in the standings, a mere two places and three points clear of relegation — which is, truthfully, the most insane sentence I have ever typed. The Blues return to action next Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) when they welcome 15th-place Norwich City to Stamford Bridge.