Fabregas: Arsenal were 'angry and upset' as United ended unbeaten run

‘Gary Neville, what he did to Reyes… mamma mia!’: Cesc Fabregas reveals Arsenal’s Invincibles were ‘angry and upset’ after their 49-game unbeaten run was ended by Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2004… and he accuses Wayne Rooney of DIVING

  • Cesc Fabregas is still furious at Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester United in 2004
  • Sir Alex Ferguson’s side ended the Gunners’ Invincbles run with a 2-0 victory 
  • Fabregas accused Wayne Rooney of diving to win a penalty for the opener
  • The Spaniard also recalled how Jose Antonio Reyes was repeatedly hacked down

Cesc Fabregas has said he is still furious over Manchester United ending Arsenal’s Invincible run in 2004.

United beat the Gunners 2-0 at Old Trafford as Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney sealed victory in a game full of controversy. 

The Red Devils were awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute after Rooney was brought down by Sol Campbell, but Fabregas accused the Englishman of diving.

Cesc Fabregas admitted he is still furious over Manchester United beating Arsenal in 2004

The Spaniard accused Wayne Rooney of diving to win a penalty for United’s opening goal

Jose Antonio Reyes was repeatedly hacked down by United’s Gary Neville and his team-mates

Van Nistelrooy converted the spot-kick before Rooney added another in the final minute.

The Spaniard admitted he is still frustrated about the way his side’s unbeaten run came to an end and recalled how team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes was repeatedly hacked down every time he had the ball.

‘We were so disappointed. We were angry, we were upset,’ he told Rio Ferdinand’s FIVE YouTube channel. 

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‘It had to come to an end, the 49 games, it can happen at Old Trafford against a great Man Utd side. But I think it’s the way it happened.

‘First of all, Gary Neville, what he did to Antonio Reyes… mamma mia! But every single time he had the ball! Wayne [Rooney] dived for the penalty against Sol [Campbell].

‘The emotion was that we had lost against a great team, which can happen, but we didn’t feel we should’ve lost. We didn’t feel it was the right time to lose our invincible run. Everyone was really, really upset.’

Arsenal had gone 49 games unbeaten after an ‘invincible’ season in the 2003-2004 campaign

The game was dubbed the ‘Battle of the Buffet’ as Fabregas was involved in the ‘Pizzagate’ scandal.

Players and staff clashed in the tunnel following the fiery encounter with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson having a slice of pizza thrown at him.

For several years the identity of the culprit remained unknown until Fabregas admitted it had been him who had launched the pizza in the Scotsman’s direction.

Players clashed both on and off the pitch in what became known as the ‘Battle of the Buffet’

The former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder also admitted how tough it was to go up against Ferguson’s side during that era. 

‘What a team you were. We beat you a few times and it felt amazing but I always felt that in big games, where something really mattered, you were on top of us,’ he added.

‘Even the FA Cup final in 2005 (Arsenal beat United on penalties after a 0-0 draw at the Millennium Stadium) – you deserved to win that game.’ 




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Cesc Fabregas fears Ligue 1 season was cancelled too early

‘Maybe it was taken a little too soon’: Cesc Fabregas fears Ligue 1 season was cancelled too early as Europe’s top leagues ramp up restart plans

  • Cesc Fabregas fears that the Ligue 1 season may have been cancelled too soon 
  • Last month, the French government banned all football until September 
  • Meanwhile, action is set to resume in Germany and potentially England too
  • Fabregas understands the health risks but felt the decision was made too early
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Cesc Fabregas has revealed his thoughts on the Ligue 1 season being ended, as the Monaco star expressed that the decision to end the season may have been made too early. 

Last month, the French government announced that football would be banned until September due to the threat of the coronavirus, which has taken a total of 26,310 lives in the country. 

The decision meant that Paris Saint Germain were crowned champions, having held a 12 point lead before play was brought to a close, while Amiens and Toulouse were relegated from the top flight. 

Cesc Fabregas says that the decision to end the French season may have been made too early

The French government announced in April a ban on football, making PSG Ligue 1 champions

It was a momentous call given that the Premier League are pressing on with plans to ensure that Project Restart gets underway, while the Bundesliga will make a return on May 16.  

And Fabregas, whose Monaco side sat in ninth place, feels that the decision may have been taken prematurely.  

‘It was a big decision that was made and I can understand why they took it,’ he told beIN SPORTS. ‘But maybe it was taken a little too soon, considering a lot of the big league are still all trying to resume.

The call may have been hasty, with football set to return in Germany and potentially England

‘Although I completely understand the meaning behind it and it’s better to be safe in all accounts, because the most important is the families and the health security of everyone and support this 100 per cent.

‘But maybe we could’ve considered individual training, where you have basically no risk. You’re not touching anyone, you’re not close to anyone. See if everyone was getting closer to football behind played all over the world.

‘Obviously, it’s very difficult and I understand someone needs to make decisions. We just have to do what they’re telling us. Difficult moment in our professional lives and personal lives, but we just have to hold on and everything will be fine in the future for sure.’

The former Chelsea and Arsenal star feels individual training could have been trialled in France

Players have been torn over the prospect of returning to action during the current climate. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero earlier revealed that some players were fearful about resuming.  

‘The majority of players are scared because they have family, they have children, they have babies, parents,’ he said in April.

‘When we go back, I imagine that we will be very tense, we will be very careful, and the moment someone feels ill, you will think: “What’s gone on there?” I hope there is a vaccine so all this ends.’




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Fabregas questions decision to end Ligue 1 as other leagues prepare to restart

Cesc Fabregas is lamenting the decision to end the Ligue 1 season, feeling that an announcement could have been delayed, as other leagues in Europe prepare to resume.

It was announced on 28 April that the Ligue 1 season was cancelled, with the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, confirming that no sport would take place until August, even behind closed doors.

Paris Saint-Germain have been crowned as champions as they held a 12-point lead at the top of the table, while Toulouse and Amiens have been relegated, despite the season not being completed.

The German Bundesliga is now set to resume on 16 May, with matches played behind closed doors, and Monaco midfielder Fabregas now feels the decision to cancel football in France was somewhat rushed.

‘It was a big decision that was made and I can understand why they took it,’ Fabregas told beIN SPORTS. ‘But maybe it was taken a little too soon, considering a lot of the big league are still all trying to resume.

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‘Although I completely understand the meaning behind it and it’s better to be safe in all accounts, because the most important is the families and the health security of everyone and support this 100 per cent.

‘But maybe we could’ve considered individual training, where you have basically no risk. You’re not touching anyone, you’re not close to anyone. See if everyone was getting closer to football behind played all over the world.

‘Obviously, it’s very difficult and I understand someone needs to make decisions. We just have to do what they’re telling us. Difficult moment in our professional lives and personal lives, but we just have to hold on and everything will be fine in the future for sure.’

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is also against the decision and wants authorities to reverse it, telling L’Equipe: ‘We are on the wrong path, it may not be too late to try to imagine, in the light of what is happening everywhere in Europe, something that is politically coherent: we had until late August and maybe even early September to finish.’

At the time of the coronavirus hiatus beginning, Lyon were seventh and Monaco ninth in Ligue 1.

As for the Premier League, no decision has yet been made on whether the current season will be completed or not, with a meeting of the 20 clubs scheduled for Monday over video conference.

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Clarke raffling Fabregas Chelsea shirt from FA Cup clash with Bradford

Billy Clarke raffling Cesc Fabregas’s Chelsea shirt from shock FA Cup defeat by Bradford to raise money for NHS Trust amid coronavirus crisis

  • Billy Clarke has set up an online raffle for Cesc Fabregas’s Chelsea shirt
  • It was the shirt Fabregas wore during the shock 4-2 defeat by Bradford in FA Cup
  • Funds go to Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation and Trussell Trust
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Grimsby striker Billy Clarke is raffling off Cesc Fabregas’ shirt to raise money for the NHS and those in need in Bradford.

The forward has set up an online raffle from the Bantams’ shock 4-2 FA Cup win at Chelsea in January 2015, which also includes his jersey from the day.

He is raising funds for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Trussell Trust, which has a foodbank branch in the city.

The shirt worn by Cesc Fabregas in Chelsea’s 2015 FA Cup defeat by Bradford City is being raffled to raise funds for the NHS Foundation Trust in Bradford and a foodbank in the city

Former Bantams striker Billy Clarke has set up a an online raffle in order to raise funds

Clarke came on as a substitute at Stamford Bridge, where Bradford recovered from 2-0 down to win, and rather than keep the mementos he wants to help during the coronavirus crisis.

‘Bradford is a city I live near and I have a real fondness for it. The people are nice, genuine people,’ Clarke, who played 136 games and scored 26 goals in two spells at Valley Parade, told the PA news agency.

‘Everyone knows Bradford isn’t an affluent area so when everyone is getting laid off or furloughed there might be people who are struggling to feed their families.

‘I’ve had the shirts since the game and I planned on putting them up on the wall but I’ve got first-hand memories.

Bradford recovered from 2-0 down to shock the Premier League outfit at Stamford Bridge

‘If it helps all the charities and if it gives someone a smile that’s good enough for me and it’s the least I can do.

‘Everyone knows how hard the people of the NHS work and the funding wasn’t and isn’t great. If I can make a small contribution and it helps only a handful of people that’s enough.’

Clarke, 32, is currently furloughed after Grimsby opted to use the Government’s job retention scheme for the squad and staff at the start of the month.

He is keeping occupied by teaching sons Charlie and Freddie while also looking after eight-month-old Ezra with wife Kate.

There is no return date for the EFL with Grimsby 13th in Sky Bet League Two.

Clarke has admitted that Bradford is a city he has ‘real fondness’ for after leaving the club

‘With the family at home it’s been good, I’ve been home schooling the two eldest and that’s a tough task,’ said former Charlton and Ipswich striker Clarke.

‘I’m looking at their maths books and going “oooh, let me just refresh my memory”. It’s time spent with my family I wouldn’t have had.

‘Ezra is keeping us busy, when we have been feeling isolated he is just rolling around and making us laugh.

‘The players have been given a programme, keeping as fit as possible within the regulations and being kept in the loop over what could happen.’

The link to the raffle can be found here: www.gofundme.com.




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Fabregas? Bale? Kroos? David Moyes names biggest transfer regret

David Moyes admitted Manchester United’s failure to land Toni Kroos was his biggest regret in the transfer market – a disappointment that ranks above missing out on Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas.

The former United manager was in the market for a marquee signing during his only summer in charge after he had replaced Sir Alex Ferguson as manager.

While United chiefs were determined to deliver Moyes, who is currently in charge of West Ham, a big-name signing, they were left wanting with Kroos moving to Real Madrid.

And looking back on his career, Moyes admitted the disappointment of not signing the Germany international was the most crushing blow he endured in the transfer market.

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‘Toni Kroos would certainly be the one,’ Moyes told BeINSports.’

‘At that time we were very much after Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas.

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‘But I’ve got to say prior to that, at Everton, we were really close to a lot of good players. We just couldn’t quite get them over the line on several occasions.’

Despite being sacked just seven months into his reign at Old Trafford, Moyes has no regrets over his move to Manchester.

‘I’ve got to say every club I’ve been at has been great. Every club,’ he added.

‘Manchester United, Sunderland, have shown me different things. [I’ve] experienced different parts of it and I think that’s why now, when you get to this stage at this level, I think you’re in a better position to manage.

‘I think I’ll always look back and regret leaving Everton because of the team and the players I had built at that time. But I’ll never be regretful for joining Manchester United or doing what I’ve done.’

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Fabregas names best managers he worked with… but overlooks Guardiola

‘I had the best in the world’: Cesc Fabregas picks Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho as the best managers he has worked with… but he overlooks his Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, who helped him win SIX trophies!

  • Cesc Fabregas was asked who were the best two managers that he worked with
  • Speaking on his Instagram live, the Spaniard selected two from English football
  • The former Arsenal and Chelsea ace picked Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho 
  • Pep Guardiola, who managed him at Barcelona, was one of those overlooked 

Cesc Fabregas has worked under some fine managers during his career having gone on to won a World Cup, two European Championships, two Premier League titles and two FA Cups.  

The former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder was quizzed by fans on his Instagram Live as to who the best manager he worked under was. 

While he struggled to whittle it down to one stand-out, Fabregas did single two out that had a lasting impact on him – leaving Pep Guardiola, who coached him at Barcelona, overlooked.   

Cesc Fabregas picked out Jose Mourinho (right) among the two best managers he has had


Arsene Wenger (left) was his other selection, leaving Pep Guardiola (right) overlooked

‘I had the best in the world, so I cannot complain,’ Fabregas said when answering the question on Instagram.

When his vague answer failed to suffice the questioner, Fabregas eventually settled on two. 

‘Wenger and Mourinho,’ the current Monaco midfielder revealed. 

The decision to overlook Guardiola proved to be the biggest surprise, even with Vicente del Bosque, who guided Spain to glory at the 2010 World Cup, never earning a mention from the midfielder.   

During Fabregas’ time at Barcelona working under Guardiola, the pair went on to win six trophies together, including LaLiga. 

Fabregas revealed it took just one conversation with Mourinho to decide to go and join him

But Fabregas struggled to find his best form while in Spain under the now current Manchester City manager and that may have influenced his thinking. 

Fabregas spoke glowingly of Mourinho recently and he said it took just one conversation with the Portuguese to convince the midfielder to make the somewhat controversial move to join Chelsea, despite his Arsenal ties, when he opted to leave Barcelona.  

‘After the week [without an offer from Arsenal] I had to take my chance, I had Manchester City, United and then I spoke to Mourinho – which I didn’t think would ever happen,’ Fabregas told the Arsecast podcast.

‘To be honest, after I left the room with Mourinho I said “that’s it, I don’t need to talk to anyone else, I’m going to Chelsea”. 

‘What he told me, the team he wanted to make, what he thought of me, how he wanted me to play, this is what I wanted. 

Wenger revolutionised Fabregas’ game during the pair’s time at Arsenal early in his career

Vicente del Bosque, who guided Fabregas to 2010 World Cup glory, was also overlooked

‘On top of that it’s London not Manchester, London was my home.’ 

Fabregas is currently plying his trade at Monaco where he has been targeted by supporters having struggled to impress under a number of different managers at the Ligue 1 club. 

It comes as no surprise that Leonardo Jardim and Thierry Henry, who have both managed him at the current side, did not make his top list of bosses.  




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