The Spanish midfielder has given a refreshingly honest account of how the Blues' title defence fell apart under the Portuguese coach, but says they still keep in touch.

Cesc Fabregas says the Chelsea squad let sacked boss Jose Mourinho down and believes the manager's biggest mistake was putting too much trust in his players.

The Spanish midfielder – who was reported to have fallen out with his manager, a claim he denies – says Mourinho rewarded his title-winning squad after they secured Premier League and League Cup silverware.

The Blues were granted extra holiday by the Portuguese coach and added responsibility, but Fabregas feels the side failed to repay their manager's faith and played a key role in his demise at Stamford Bridge.

"A lot has been said, and many wrong things, about that," Fabregas explained on Monday Night Football as he made his punditry bow.

"I love Jose, and I even consider him my friend. We still keep in touch right now and some of the things said were unfortunate.

"But I have huge respect for him, and I think Jose’s biggest problem was that he trusted us too much. He gave us more holiday because we were champions, he believed in us more, he trusted us more, and we let him down.

"The whole team, all the players. And that was the main reason why, at the end, he had to go – and myself, and all the team, feel bad for that.”