Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fàbregas recently shared his thoughts on the Premier League, identifying his top three teams to watch, Soccernet.ng reports.
He singled out Manchester City, Arsenal, and Brighton as his favourites, providing detailed insights into his choices. In an interview with the Mirror, as quoted by Daily Mail, Fàbregas explained his selections.
The Manchester-based club claimed the Premier League title for the 2022-23 campaign, while Arsenal surprised football enthusiasts worldwide by emerging as a formidable title contender.
Brighton, despite not boasting the star-studded lineups of clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United, has proven to be a resilient Premier League team since their promotion in 2017.
Regarding Pep Guardiola’s troops, Fàbregas praised their understanding of the game and ability to effectively manage their efforts.
“It’s the way they understand the game. They know when to slow it down, when to quicken up, when to find the right spaces. They know the right timing of when to attract players and then accelerate.” He mentioned.
Fàbregas highlighted Brighton’s playing style as one that aligns with his football philosophy, explaining how they adapt to high or low pressing.
“They understand football in a way I love and believe it should be played. It reminds me of how we played in a certain way.
“It’s quick, sharp football and so unpredictable. If you press them high, they will get you in behind; if you press them low, they’ll keep playing short and find spaces. It’s very interesting, and De Zerbi is someone I’m learning so much from.” he continued.
On the topic of Arsenal, Fàbregas discussed their 3-1-3-3 formation, which involves six players in front of the ball.
“Arsenal use that 3-1-3-3 formation – which is six players in front of the ball. It’s about the coach trusting their defenders to be quicker, faster, and recover the ball.
“But you could see the difference when William Saliba was playing and got injured [last season]. Mikel will tell you himself that it is not the same way they can play.” She added.
This season, Arsenal secured a 1-0 victory against Manchester City and will aim to build on that success as the Premier League continues.