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Cesc Fabregas on the man who shaped his career


Cesc Fabregas says the late Spain manager Luis Aragones was instrumental in shaping his footballing career, claiming that the European Championship winning manager left a ‘big mark’ on how he sees and builds his own game.

In an interview with ​Goal, Fabregas, who plies his club trade at Chelsea in England, spoke about the man who handed him his international debut as a raw teenager, coming into the team in time for Spain’s disappointing 2006 World Cup campaign – in which he was nominated for the Young Player of the Tournament award.

Of Aragones, he said: “He is a person who left a big mark on me, both mentally and psychologically. I never liked being on the bench, that’s how I am,” before going on to reminisce about the coach.

Recalling the country’s successful Euro 2008 campaign, he said: “In the first game against Russia, I started on the bench and then came on in the second half. I gave the pass to David Villa for the third goal and scored the fourth, which was also the first I had scored with the national team

“I was shattered at the end. I wanted to give everything and I went away happy because I thought I had done well in the 25 minutes I had played.

“The day after the games, we would usually go out for a walk out on the pitch while Aragones gave us a talk about the match from the previous day. The first thing he said was that my attitude had been shameless and he tore into me for that. That got to me a lot. And even though I never knew if he did it intentionally, I ended up having a fantastic Euros.”

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