"He really was the maestro" - Mourinho singles out new signing for praise after Burnley win

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has singled out midfielder Cesc Fabregas for praise after the former Arsenal midfielder starred against Burnley.

Chelsea kicked off their season with a 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor, but had to do so having survived an early scare against the newly promoted Clarets. Midfielder Scott Arfield gave Sean Dyche's men the lead on 14 minutes, but goals from Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic had the Blues cruising at half time.

Having seen title rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all notch up wins this weekend, it was important that Chelsea showed their character after going down to an early goal, and manager Jose Mourinho was delighted with the mentality and quality of his players tonight.

"The players believe in our way of paying," said the self-proclaimed 'Special One'. "When you go a goal down at a tough place like Burnley, players lose confidence in the way we are trying to play. But they are very stable from a mental point of view and kept control of the game. Overall some moments of quality and style we want to play came through."

The star of the show was clearly Cesc Fabregas. The former Arsenal midfielder, who joined Chelsea for £30m from Barcelona this summer, had two assists to his name and had a part in the other Chelsea goal in a stunning display. His 104 touches of the ball were more than anyone else on the field, and his exquisite pass for Schurrle's goal will go down as one of the assists of the season so far.

After making a showstopping return to Premier League football, Fabregas was praised by Mourinho along with fellow new signing Diego Costa, but also said the club will appeal the Spaniard's yellow card having been falsely accused of a dive in the first half.

"Cesc really was the maestro, controlling the tempo of the game with [Nemanja] Matic. He was the man that dictated the intensity and direction of the game. Diego's movement and interaction was very good. I feel sorry for him - it was never a yellow card and it was a penalty and for a player like him, who we are preparing for life in the Premier League, for the officials to decide that was negative. We will appeal."

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