Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are two of the best football managers in the world at the moment. And Cesc Fabregas has played under both.
The Spain international midfielder worked with Guardiola at Barcelona and is now playing under Mourinho at Chelsea.
The two coaches have different coaching styles and footballing philosophy. While Mourinho is largely result-oriented and perceived as defence-minded, the Catalan likes attacking and possession-based football.
Fabregas has flourished (or at least flourishing) under both managers, but whose style does he prefer?
‘Of course I like them; I like both of them’, the 27-year-old told Radio Marca. ‘All styles are worthy of respect’.
It is a very diplomatic but noble answer from Fabregas, who is one of the best midfielders in the world.
During three years at Barcelona, Fabregas won the La Liga and the Copa del Rey once, but he was still let go in the summer.
At Chelsea, the former Arsenal captain has been a huge success so far this season, but he has fond memories of Barcelona.
‘All I can say is they were three wonderful years for me’, he said. ‘I was happy, and that's all. I had expectations which ended up turning into something else. Life is reality. I didn't feel cheated or disappointed. I don't expect anything from anyone in football’.