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Cesc Fabregas: Chelsea need Manchester City to slip up in title race

05 December 2017

Nevertheless, Lampard couldn't help alluding to the past tension between him and Fabregas during a brilliantly honest discussion with Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand on BT Sport.

Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere shed light on the rivalry between the players five years ago, claiming that Fabregas' motivation to score against the Blues would be his contempt for Lampard.

Fabregas signed for Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014, the same year Lampard departed after 13 years at the club.

The feud is believed to stretch back to the 2007 League Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea. They let me go to get Cesc in. However, in spite of Lampard retiring from professional football and Fabregas moving to Chelsea, it appears that there is still some lingering resentment between the two.

Lampard - who hung up his boots in February - went on to join MLS side New York City but returned to the Premier League in a brief spell with Manchester City.

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Fabregas has impressed in Chelsea's midfield in recent weeks after a series of dazzling displays that have seen him link up well with Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard.

'Me and Cesc never really got on well on the pitch so they didn't think we could share a dressing room'. What I've done at Chelsea will never change.

They subsequently faced off 18 times across all competitions, often clashing, with Lampard notably leaving several bad tackles on Fabregas en route to Chelsea's Champions League triumph in 2012.

"I hope they do well - Cesc and myself have had our battles in the past but I wish him the best because I wish Chelsea all the best".

Cesc Fabregas: Chelsea need Manchester City to slip up in title race