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.
Manchester United displayed interest in signing Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona during the summer transfer window but neither player were willing on making a move away from the Catalan club.
The Premier League side initially tried to secure the services of Thiago Alcantara but after failing on actually signing him, they attempted to get the midfield duo of Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.
Rumors emerged claiming that Fabregas was tempted on moving to Manchester United but taking into consideration that he is playing in the country where he was born and bred and the fantastic season that Barcelona are experiencing it seems extremely hard to believe him making a move away from the Catalan club.
Manchester United have been trying to add into their main squad player that can freshen up the team as they already have a number of players that are reaching the end of their contracts and some of them even the end of their career’s considering the elevated age.
So it makes sense that the current champions of the Premier League are busy searching for players that might be available in the winter transfer window but even for a world renowned club as Manchester United, some players are out of their reach even for them.
It seems highly unlikely that Fabregas will be leaving Barcelona anytime soon as a matter of fact he recently expressed his intentions of remaining with the Spanish club until the day he retires and the only other club he would consider moving to is Arsenal.
“It would be a dream come true to retire with Barca,” he told fans on Facebook. I will continue to work very hard to make that happen’’.
“Playing here is a dream and means everything to me because I have always been a huge fan.”