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Media Watch: Fabregas reveals 'toughest' coach, Gallagher appreciates praise and ex-Chelsea player backs himself for Newcastle job

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Fabregas gives verdict on Chelsea title-winning manager, Gallagher is 'thankful' of positive Gary Neville comments and ex-Blue has revealed the key areas in which Newcastle can improve, including appointing him as manager.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Fabregas reveals toughest coach he has played under

Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has highlighted who he believes is the most challenging of coaches he has played under in his illustrious career, which has seen him win the top division title in both England and Spain, and also the World Cup. 

 

When doing a Q&A on his Twitter account, the 34-year-old was asked a number of Blues-related questions. He won two Premier League titles at the club. 

Fabregas played regularly in our 2016/17 title triumph under Italian boss Antonio Conte, and when quizzed on the toughest manager he has featured under both at club level and internationally, the Spaniard replied: ‘Antonio Conte.'

The Monaco midfielder also praised his ex-team-mates Andreas Christensen and N’Golo Kante, which was highlighted in a story by TalkSPORT.

‘He was team-mates with Andreas Christensen at Stamford Bridge and lavished huge praise on the centre-back,’ the report states.

The midfielder wrote: ‘What a player. Very underrated. He’s very shy and doesn’t make too much noise because he hardly makes mistakes.'

Fabregas was at Chelsea when they signed N’Golo Kante from Leicester in 2016, going on to win the title the next season. When asked to describe the France midfielder in three words, Fabregas said: ‘The big boss.’ 

 

Gallagher appreciates Gary Neville’s praise

Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher has responded to praise from TV pundit Gary Neville, after his fine start to the season on loan at Crystal Palace.
 

Neville himself has been full of praise for the England youth international, and Gallagher has spoken of his appreciation for TV pundits speaking in a positive light about his performances.

In a story by the Metro, citing an interview with Sky Sports, Gallagher admitted he takes notice of comments like Neville’s.

‘Yeah, for sure. If people like that are talking about me, I want to know what they say, if it’s good or bad,' Gallagher said. ‘But I’m thankful and happy he said something nice, it’s obviously a positive thing.’

Gallagher’s loan spell at Palace is his fourth since 2020, with the midfielder also spending time at Charlton Athletic, Swansea City and West Brom.

‘It has been a progression every time,’ said Gallagher, who was named on Chelsea’s bench for our Europa League final victory over Arsenal in 2019.

‘I couldn’t be happier with how the loans have gone. I’ve still got a lot of progression to make.’
 

Geremi backs himself for Premier League managerial job

Former Chelsea player Geremi has claimed he can help Newcastle avoid Premier League relegation this season. 

The club currently sit in 19th place in the top flight and recently parted company with manager Steve Bruce.

The Cameroonian international has stated he thinks he is a good fit for the vacant position on Tyneside, in a story by The Sun, citing an interview with Ladbrokes.

‘I have some people in my mind who could come in and manage the team,’ Geremi said.

‘In fact I think I could do something for the club because of my experience. I know the kind of player the club needs right now.

‘In this situation, they need to bring in experienced players who can get them out of the relegation zone and safe this season. They need players who can read the game well.'

The 42-year-old signed for Newcastle United after a four-year stay at Stamford Bridge, and believes Premier League teams such as the Magpies are lacking ‘leaders’.

‘For me, this is where the club needs to strengthen in January: they need leaders' he says.

‘I think they should go and get one new signing in defence, two in midfield and one killer striker.

‘That's how you keep the team in the Premier League, by bringing in a maximum of five players in the next transfer window.’
 

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