AS Monaco's Cesc Fabregas expressed his excitement and confidence in new manager Robert Moreno. Photo by Sebastien Nogier.

Monaco midfielder Cesc Fabregas has backed new manager Robert Moreno to succeed at the club and said he’s heard good things about his fellow former Barcelona student.

Fabregas moved to the French Riviera from Chelsea in January 2019, and the ex-Barca playmaker will play under his third Monaco manager in less than a year when Moreno, 42, takes charge of the team for the first time at home to Reims on Saturday.

Monaco will be Moreno’s first senior coaching position at a top-flight club and his first role since leaving Spain’s national-team setup in November, per the Guardian’s Sid Lowe.

Fabregas told reporters his friends still in the Spain team have “said good things about the coach’s methods and his communication,” adding of his Catalan compatriot:

“The coach comes from the Barcelona school, which I know well. He has a philosophy, but he is also a coach who adapts to his players and his team’s opponents. He explains very well why you do the things you do.”

Fabregas left Barcelona for Chelsea in 2014, which is when Moreno first arrived at the Camp Nou as assistant to Luis Enrique. Their time with the national team together ended on a sour note, but Moreno hopes for a fresh beginning in Ligue 1.

Monaco will host Reims in the Coupe de France round of 64 and look for a positive start under Moreno, who is targeting a return to France’s peak with the 2016-17 Ligue 1 champions.