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FABREGAS WON’T GIVE UP

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that the club refused to give up on their principles and it was extremely delightful to see according to the midfielder. The former Arsenal man said that the Champions League exit would have been more painful had they given up on their philosophies in the match against Chelsea. Chelsea defended with 10 men behind the ball all the time. As a result, Barcelona were unable to play their usual passing game due to the number of bodies around the penalty box. Barcelona were also unable to cross the ball due to the lack of height within the team.

This meant that Chelsea are able to complete a stunning 3-2 win on aggregate against Barcelona, which helped them reach the final of the Champions League where they will be facing Bayern Munich. Many have been pointing out to the fact that Barcelona lacked a Plan B when the passing game was not working out. However, Fabregas has said that it was more crucial that Barcelona did not deviate from their philosophy of passing football. Despite having more than 80% of the possession in the match, Barcelona were unable to create many clear-cut opportunities apart from the penalty taken by Lionel Messi.

“It’s a painful way to go out because we were superior. The result in Stamford Bridge is what did us in. We played a great game, we dominated and we created a lot of chances. We didn’t sacrifice our style. It’s painful to be eliminated this way, seeing that we had a lot of chances to score. It’s a very hard blow. We have to hold our heads high. [Next year] we’ll have the chance to do important things,” Fabregas said after the match. Fabregas won the penalty for Barcelona, which was missed by Lionel Messi.

CESC BACKS WILSHERE

Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has said that Jack Wilshere should have taken part in the team GB at the Olympics in London. Jack Wilshere is one of the first names of the team sheet and he could have had a great chance to represent Great Britain at the London Olympics 2012.

However, the England midfielder has listened to the advice from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and has decided to pull away from the tournament. The midfielder is still trying to return back from the injury he suffered earlier this season. Wenger recently confirmed that Jack Wilshere will be missing the rest of the season as a result of this injury.

Cesc Fabregas moved to Barcelona in the summer for £ 35 million. Jack Wilshere was the man expected to replace the Spaniard, but the England midfielder has suffered a number of niggling injuries since the departure of Fabregas. Wilshere recently said in an interview that he has decided to pull away from the tournament after heeding the advice of Wenger.

He said that he wanted to give as much time as possible for the injury to fully heal. Cesc Fabregas, though, does not go along with this, as he says that the decision of representing Great Britain should have taken by the player and not the manager.

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AMBROSINI: IT WILL BE DIFFICULT

AC Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini has said that his team face a very difficult task in the quarter-finals of the Champions League due to the side they will be facing – Barcelona. AC Milan have been drawn against the current champions Barcelona for the quarter-final draw. Everyone pretty much admits to the fact that Barcelona are currently the best team in the world. It is also the opinion of AC Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini, who expects a tough match at the San Siro. AC Milan have already faced Barcelona in the Champions League this season – in the group stages. They managed a draw at the Camp Nou, while they were defeated narrowly 3-2 at the San Siro.

AC Milan come into the match on the back of the confidence inspiring 2-1 win over Roma during the weekend. It has taken them seven points clear at the top of the table. Juventus are currently the second placed team at the moment. Ambrosini praised Barcelona by saying that they are currently the best team in the world without a share of doubt. He also said that AC Milan should not be going into the match thinking about making mistakes, because if they do so, they are bound to commit some.

“We must stop thinking that we can make mistakes. Otherwise, you unconsciously get the idea in your head that you can afford to lose games. Barcelona are the strongest side in the world, it does not take a magician to tell you that. It will be a very important and difficult match for us, but also one that will give us so much motivation. The Blaugrana have so many good players at their disposal that we have to give our best,” Ambrosini told Sky Sport Italia. AC Milan will not have the services of influential defender Thiago Silva for the match.

BARCA STILL HAVE A LOT TO DO

Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that Barcelona still need to do a lot in order to make it into the next stage of the Copa del Rey. Barcelona have qualified for the Copa del Rey final, but Cesc Fabregas has said that the club needs to perform even better in order to win the trophy this season. Real Madrid are the current holders of the Copa del Rey, but Barcelona managed to eliminate them from the competition in the last round itself. Now, they have made it into the finals of the competition after securing a 2-0 win over Valencia.

Despite making it into the finals of the cup competition, Cesc Fabregas has said that Barcelona should not become complacent because they still need to go a long way into achieving the targets for the season. Barcelona are way behind Real Madrid in the domestic campaign. They are 10 points behind Real Madrid in the league, which has put their hopes of retaining the title for the fourth consecutive season in major doubt. However, they have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions league after securing a 3-1 win over Bayern Leverkusen in the last 16 round.

“We’re very happy and proud. Some talk the cup down, but we want to play [in] all finals. We will always try to be on top. Athletic are a great team in the making, they have great players and [it] will be a nice final. [For] now we must focus on the league, where we have much to do, and the Champions League,” Cesc Fabregas said after the 2-0 win over Valencia that helped Barcelona enter to the finals of the competition. The venue for the final has not been decided yet, but there are rumours that Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu will be chosen.

FABREGAS SLAMS ‘BORING’ LEVERKUSEN

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that Barcelona were extremely boring in the recent Champions League encounter with Bayern Leverkusen.

Barcelona were drawn against Bayern Leverkusen in the last 16 of the Champions League. The Catalan club had the away leg as the first match. After failing to create a major opening in the first 40 minutes, Barcelona finally took the lead in the 42nd minute. After taking the lead, it was an easy passage for Barcelona to a convincing 3-1 win over their German opponents. This victory was extremely crucial for Barcelona, as they were coming on the back of a poor away from prior to the match.

Bayern Leverkusen defended extremely well in the match against Barcelona. Even after conceding the first goal, they were extremely brilliant in the defence. As a result, Barcelona were unable to play their open and expensive style of football.

It is very much expected that Barcelona would complete the job at the Camp Nou following the 3-1 result. However, Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that Barcelona were extremely boring in the match due to the negative tactics employed by Bayern Leverkusen and also due to the tactics used by manager Guardiola in order to win the game.

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THEO BEMOANS CESC LOSS

After failing to impress many in recent seasons, Theo Walcott seems to finally come of age this season. The England winger has scored some crucial goals and provided some crucial assists. He has been one of the chief architects responsible for the revival of Arsenal from their poor start to the season.

Now, Arsenal are in a position where they can comfortably finish in the top four – provided they maintain their current form. Theo Walcott has admitted that Arsenal did struggle initially after losing both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in the transfer window.

However, looking back now, the England winger said that the loss of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas has proved to be beneficial for the club in many ways because it has allowed them to unearth new talent within the club. Arsenal lost their two influential midfielders at the start of the season and it was rightly reflected in the opening few matches. The biggest embarrassment for Arsenal came in the form of the 8-2 hammering at the hands of Manchester United earlier in the season. Many predicted that Arsenal would sink down the table pretty quickly, but Theo Walcott and others have been able to prove that it is not the case.

“I’m not saying that Cesc and Samir were individual players, they were great team players, but when you lose two top players everyone needs to come together. The manager has brought in some good additions and we are a bit more of a team, we work harder when we haven’t got the ball,” Theo Walcott said when asked about the loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. Even more important for the team has been the few good signings Arsenal made on the deadline day of the biggest transfer window according to Theo Walcott