Fabregas Video Score: four / five
Barcelona recently recovered from the wobble by managing a 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League. This helped them reach the quarter-finals of the competition, but there is a danger of the club losing out on the league title to either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid. This is because they have suffered three league defeats in the last six matches and it has seen Real Madrid transform a six-point deficit into a four-point advantage with only a handful of matches remaining in the campaign. However, the Manchester City victory has put the club back on track according to midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Barcelona have struggled for consistency under Gerardo Martino, who has also been attempting to change the style of play at the club. Fabregas has been playing a much more crucial role at the club this season and it is widely rumoured that the club are preparing for the exit of Xavi. The 26-year-old Fábregas, though, is looking at this season and says that there is no reason why Barcelona should go on and win the three trophies on offer – league title, Champions League, and Copa del Rey. The club will be taking on archrivals Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey.
“I was worried that people were being overly critical of the team from all corners, because I see otherwise. I see the team wanting to be reborn. We will give it everything and the club is very much favoured in all three competitions. Yes, I’d rather avoid Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the Champions League last eight. But then again there’s also Chelsea, while Paris Saint-Germain have taken a leap in quality – any opponent are now difficult,” said Fabregas.
Fabregas has contributed 28 goals for the club in just 42 appearances this campaign.
Fabregas Online video Score: four / five
Jose Mourinho criticized the current Barcelona squad around 1 week ago as he stated that even though Gerardo Martino has Lionel Messi and a number of other great players in the team, the Portuguese coach still considers the squad to be the worst Barcelona of many years.
“Of course they have Lionel Messi, he is special, and they have more than him. But I think this is the worst Barcelona of many many years”. Mourinho stated.
That was the statement that Mourinho expressed just before Barcelona went head to head with Manchester City for the 1st leg of the Champions League. Mourinho was stating that the Premier League team has a chance on defeating Barcelona as it just is not the same squad it was some years ago.
Cesc Fabregas has responded to Mourinho by saying that he should focus and only talk about the responsibilities and matches he has with Chelsea instead of going into the business of another club.
“He should talk about Chelsea and their tie. I don’t think he should talk about anything else. It is not his business. Some people want us to fail all the time; some people have been talking a bit too much, for a few days they will have to shut up.” Fabregas said.
Barcelona came out on top during their match against Manchester City as they won with a final scoreboard of 2-0 which is a huge advantage as the 2nd leg will now be played in the home turf of Barcelona, Camp Nou.
“It is normal everyone gets excited over this win, especially in a nice competition like the Champions League. We knew what we had to do and did it very well.” Fabregas added.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas did not appear to be happy when he was substituted by manager Gerardo Martino in the recent 1-1 draw with Levante. The home team took the lead after just 10 minutes through a goal from Vyntra. Barcelona, though, did not take long to equalise the match after Gerard Pique step forward to level things up. However, this marked the last action in terms of goals in this match, as Barcelona were unable to break down the stubborn resistance of the home team.
This is not the first time Levante have done well against the top teams, as they provided a stiff opposition to Real Madrid earlier in the season. However, Madrid were able to get three points due to late goals, which were absent in this match. As a result of the dropped points, Madrid have closed to the gap on Barcelona to just one point. The talking point of the match came from Fabregas when he was substituted. He appeared to be least happy with Martino, but the Spaniard has revealed now that the frustration of not having won the match was the reason for his displeasure.
Fabregas’ future over at Barcelona was under major doubt due to interest from Manchester United, but Martino has consistently stated that the former Arsenal man remains a key player for the club.
“My reaction after I was substituted? I was frustrated with the game, not that I was taken off. I felt good and we were creating chances. It was the frustration you get when the ball just doesn’t want to go in. I have the sense that we could have played better in the first half, but in the second we dominated. We controlled the game, we were a bit unlucky,” said the 26-year-old after the match.