Speaking in an interview with L’Équipe, AS Monaco manager Robert Moreno sought to defend 32-year-old central midfielder Cesc Fabregas from increasing levels of fan criticism.
“The first game that we played, he recovered the ball that led to our first goal (vs Reims). The corner that Slimani scored against Amiens was taken by him. I can give you the whole list. In your eyes, Cesc is not achieving what people want from him. But in our eyes, those of the staff, he is doing things well that go above what he is doing on the pitch. To have a player with his experience, with what he can bring to the squad, the control that he can give to play…”
“If you are waiting for Cesc to beat Bolt in a 100m race, no, that is not going to happen. But it was the exact same thing with Sergio Busquets in the national team. If you use Sergio Busquets in a specific context where the team does not play together with a certain pressure when balls are lost, he is not going to shine. There are no bad or good players, but contexts that either favour them or not.”