Chelsea legend praises 'quality' £58m duo

Paulo Ferreira has spoken of how impressed he has been with Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas at Chelsea.

Ferreira was part of Jose Mourinho’s original squad at Stamford Bridge, completing the switch to West London along with Ricardo Carvalho.

Having been a key part of Porto’s Champions League winning side under Mourinho, the coach was keen to transfer his favoured players to the Blues, and the defensive duo were consistent fixtures in the back-line of the Chelsea team that won two consecutive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006. The pair outlasted Mourinho in West London, and they remained central figures to Carlo Ancelotti’s double-winning side of 2010. However, Carvalho left at the close of that season to link up with Mourinho at Madrid, but Ferreira remained with the Blues, but only ever as a bit-part player from then on.

Despite his limited appearance tally between 2010 and 2013, he was awarded a Champions League winners medal - the second of his career - as the Blues won the 2012 edition of the tournament, and he confirmed that he would be retiring from professional football at the end of the 2012/13 season, receiving a standing ovation from the Stamford Bridge crowd when thanking them for his nearly decade-long spell with the club.

He has remained close to the Blues, and he is often found working with club sponsors, and it was at a meeting in Russia with official whisky partner William Lawson’s that the 35-year-old praised the talents of the recent Chelsea acquisitions.

“The new players that came have lots of quality and the important thing is they have adapted easily," the former Portuguese international was quoted by the official Chelsea website.

“Diego Costa just arrived, it’s his first season and he is scoring goals. Cesc Fabregas knows the Premier League really well and is a top player, they came and brought extra quality to the team.

“When you spend money on top players, you want to see them arrive and succeed, and it’s what we’ve seen from him.

“I am really happy for him because he is doing really well. And I am sure the manager is really happy. The supporters want to see him scoring goals too and he’s doing that.”

The duo have been key parts of Mourinho’s second Chelsea squad, and the goalscoring of Costa and assist making of Fabregas are largely the reason that the Blues have managed to progress through 17 games without defeat in all competitions this season. Whilst it is hard to see the West Londoners remain undefeated for the duration of the campaign, they might well achieve it if the Spanish international teammates continue to perform with the high standards shown in the early weeks of their careers at Stamford Bridge.

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