Cesc Fabregas claims he “forgot how to play football” and had “no confidence” as Chelsea suffered a horrendous run of results at the start of the season.
The champions, under Jose Mourinho, endured a run of shocking results which left them just above the relegation zone with several of their star players, including Fabregas, struggling to find their form.
One of nine league defeats before the turn of the year was against newly-promoted Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on December 5 and Fabregas has revealed how he didn’t know what to do with the ball.
“One time after a game, after Bournemouth, I was in bed and I spoke to my wife,” he told Goal during a Q&A at a Puma boot launch. “I forgot how to play football, I have the ball and I don’t know what to do with it.
“It was hard, those two or three months from November, when I had no confidence.”
Fabregas was dropped by Mourinho and also left out by new boss Guss Hiddink in a bid for the former Arsenal man to find his form.
Mourinho was sacked just two months after the Bournemouth reverse and veteran Dutch coach Hiddink was appointed until the end of the season and his arrival as manager coincided with Fabregas returning to the form he showed in their title-winning season.
“Everything has changed in the last few months, I’m playing very well,” added Fabregas.
“Most importantly, it isn’t how you get [knocked] down, it’s how you get back up. I can be better now.”
And the Spain midfielder, whose side still have title-chasing Tottenham and Leicester to play at the Bridge, is hoping Leicester can go on to take the crown.
“I want Leicester to win. What they’re doing is remarkable. It takes real passion and guts,” added the 28-year-old, who has said he has no idea what the plans of new coach Antonio Conte will be.