Cesc Fabregas claims Chelsea would rather win Premier League over FA Cup

Fabregas told the Mirror: "It wasn't easy to lose, but it was still a good season. We go home with a bad taste because of what has happened but for sure we would rather win the Premier League than the FA Cup".

Although he wasn't a regular starter this season, Fabregas still made a major impact in the league, creating 61 chances and completing 85% of the passes that he attempted.

"I was nearly forgotten and that makes me stronger", Mertesacker said after the game.

"We still have a lot to prove and this team wants to challenge, especially next season", Mertesacker said.

'They started slowly and could not pick up their tempo - it took them 29 minutes to have their first shot on target, and right through their team they lacked the intensity that has brought them so much success'.

"Sometimes it is all about the coach's decision". "I could feel today that the trust of the team and of the coaching staff is vital in those moments when you struggle and when you are out".

"But I went into the game saying to myself, "There is nothing to expect, everyone has written me off already" and I went through my normal routine - 15 years and you never forget". It is between him and me.

"Of course every player wants to play more, it is in the genes of a victor and I am one of them".

"Our team had three centre backs out and he could have gone small but he went with the big fella and that is something I need to give him credit for because I haven't played a lot".

Fabregas was roundly jeered by the Arsenal half of Wembley as he made his way on to the pitch, but he has backed former boss Arsene Wenger to continue, with the Frenchman's future set to be decided at a board meeting on Tuesday.

'Whatever the reason, Antonio Conte's side did not have their usual edge against Arsenal and their performance at Wembley was totally different to what we have got used to seeing from them this season.

  • Julie Sanders