Cesc Fabregas says Arsene Wenger was better at developing young players than Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho

first_imgCesc Fabregas says Arsene Wenger was better at developing young players than Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho SPONSORED Skip Ad The Spaniard is on a long list of youngsters who thrived under the Arsenal legend (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas has shared his differing experiences of working under three coaching geniuses in Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho and feels the ex-Arsenal boss is the best manager there has been at developing youngsters.The Spaniard, who currently plays for Monaco, made his professional debut with the Gunners under Wenger in 2003, later returning to Barcelona to play under Guardiola before a spell with Chelsea under Mourinho.He won honours at all three clubs and ranks the coaches extremely highly, though he will always hold Wenger in particularly special regard and feels his work with young players is unparalleled. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire About Connatix V67539 Top articles 1 min. story ‘Pep’s main point is move the ball fast and have the right movement at the right time to find the right space. This is how he works. What I like about him as well is that he could change tactics three times in one game. This is sensational, he spends so many hours at the training ground.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘And Jose, Jose is the coach that tactically he’s got one system but he works on that system very well. Very well because he’s got the specific players for the right system.‘He knows, one day when I met him first, he told me, “I need two players, I’m going to sign Diego Costa and if you come to me…” and he drew me the team on paper and said, “… this team is winning the title”. He said that to me, the first day I met him.‘He said he only needed two players. And after that, working with him, he’s probably the coach that played with my mind better in terms of he’s a great coach for great players. Because he plays with the mind, he stimulates you.’MORE: Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas slams Man Utd duo Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney over infamous Pizzagate clashMORE: Mauricio Pochettino reveals coffee meeting with Unai Emery after losing Spurs and Arsenal jobsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Read More Read More Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 May 2020 4:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10kShares PLAY ‘He teaches the young players how to behave and how to play the game. He has a certain ability of how to spend time with players and teach them exactly the way he wants his team to play.‘And I think in this way a lot of people talk, sometimes a young player doesn’t do well, especially now in football you don’t have patience, the press is on you, the fans are on you, they want to win. But he’s got that patience. You play one bad game, he will give you another opportunity. And another one after.‘Obviously at the end you will need to take it, as a young player you need to be there to take it and grab it. But he never shakes under pressure in this case and that’s not easy and he has this ability and I love the way he understands football.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘For me it’s probably the time where I felt most free to play football the way I want to express myself. Right, left, nobody needed to tell me what to do or how to play my game because he taught me and we had that trust with each other.’On Guardiola, he continued: ‘And then Pep, Pep is probably the most tactical manager out of the three. He loves the structure even though he’s not telling you all the time, “Be here”.‘But he trusts that the way he plays, and the way he teaches you to play, will find the right spaces – obviously because he had great teams, don’t get me wrong, it’s easier to explain to Iniesta than to someone else. But he always felt that when you play the ball quick and at the right time, you will always find the guy that is free and will be able to make a difference. Coming Next Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE center_img Read More by Metro Video Settings Read More 1/1 Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling / Comment Full Screen Skip Wenger, Mourinho and Guardiola all managed Fabregas during his career (Picture: Getty)Asked how the trio differed in an interview with Rio Ferdinand for his new FIVE YouTube series The Locker Room, Fabregas explained: ‘I think Arsene Wenger is the best coach for young players, definitely. I cannot see anyone better than him, because he gives opportunities, he teaches you.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin passed second-half test

first_imgBlake Griffin shot a combined 3 of 12 his first two games back after missing the previous 45, then shot 5 of 10 during a 91-81 victory over the Lakers on Wednesday.Griffin sat out Friday at Utah, then began Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks by shooting 2 of 11 in the first half.Certainly, the Clippers (52-28) are going to need Griffin to shoot well in the postseason, so this could be worrisome.Well, Griffin rebounded to shoot 5 of 7 in the second half in the Clippers’ 98-91 victory. Griffin scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and doled out seven assists in his best game since his return. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Griffin was philosophical about his overall effort during 33-plus minutes, his longest stint since coming back April 3.“I definitely want to do better from the field,” he said. “But the great thing about it is that now is a good time to get that out. I always want to pass the ball, rebound, play defense. So hopefully, when the shot is not falling — because it will — even when you are in great rhythm, you can lean on those other things.”Griffin also talked about rolling to the basket in the second half rather than settling for jump shots. He had two strong moves that resulted in baskets 38 seconds apart early in the third quarter.Griffin is now 15 of 40 (37.5 percent) in four games. He apparently appreciated the rah-rah stuff his teammates gave him at the break.“At halftime, I cannot tell you how many guys came up to me and said ‘Keep shooting, keep shooting,’” he said. “It is great to have that type of encouragement. But at the same time, when you feel like you are 1 for 20 at halftime, it is hard to have that mind-set.center_img “So it was kind of like a test for me to come out and be aggressive and try to see it go through before I kept shooting.”Griffin did have four of the team’s 11 turnovers Sunday, but he also had two steals.Jordan’s synopsisCenter DeAndre Jordan had a different spin on Griffin, and it centered on the amount of minutes he played. “This is obviously one of the games that Blake Griffin has played the most minutes in,” Jordan said. “So just him being able to get rhythm and be able to actually get tired out there on the floor is something that I feel is going to be good for him and our team. Him being more aggressive, taking more shots, getting involved in more shots through his passing. Just him being aggressive on both ends of the floor was really good for us.”Griffin’s previous high in minutes since coming back was 25.Playoffs nearThe Clippers, who have won five consecutive games, will play host to Memphis (42-38) on Tuesday (on TNT) at Staples Center, then finish out the regular season Wednesday at Phoenix (22-58).Entrenched in fourth place in the West, the Clippers still don’t know who they will play in the first round, though Memphis is a possibility. With two games left, the Grizzlies (42-38) are a half-game behind fifth-place Portland (43-38).Regardless, reserve forward Wes Johnson is about to start cramming for the test.“We have to buckle down and pay attention to detail,” he said. “I need to study, study the opponents, study their plays and study their personnel.”last_img read more