During Barcelona’s 4-1 triumph over Betis on November 10 that saw Cesc Fabregas being named man of the match as he scored 2 goals and provided 1 asists, the victory with a bittersweet taste as he picked up an injury that left him unable play with Spain against Georgia in the World Cup qualifiers.
Spain however did manage to cope with the absence of Cesc Fabregas as they claimed a 2-0 victory against Georgia and secured their place into Brazil for next year.
The 26 years old midfielder made a full recovery just in time to play against Granada and being an influential player for his club as he scored a penalty kick and created an assist for his teammate.
He gave an assist and he scored two goals in the match against Betis. After the game, Cesc told the press that he’s pleased with his current good form: “I’m on good form, I always try to vindicate myself and make a difference.”
Fàbregas admitted that “the team was a bit slow at the start, after the first goal we got better and in the second half we were very superior.” The midfielder then thanked his manager for his words of praise after the match even though he wasn’t named to the starting team in the mid-week showdown with Milan: “I know what his ideal starting team is, the rest of us need to push hard.”
Barcelona is starting to display the talent available in their squad as they are dealing with the absence of Messi excellently and Fabregas is shining even brighter than ever before for the Catalan team as he is showing why Barcelona offloaded £35 million in order to sign him from Arsenal.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has not ruled out the possibility of Celtic qualifying into the knockout stages of the Champions league despite scoring the goal that resulted in a 1-0 defeat for the Scottish club. Barcelona were, for long parts of the match, reminded of the defeat they suffered at the hands of the Scottish club here last season. A solitary goal from Cesc Fabregas in the 75th minute was enough to put the Spanish club with the second consecutive victory in the group stages.
After the match, Fabregas has said that he had seen enough of Celtic to suggest that they will not be a contender to qualify for the knockout stages. Barcelona beat Ajax 4-0 in the first group match, while AC Milan are not in the greatest of form at the moment. Hence, this group could be a three-way fight between Milan, Celtic, and Ajax for the runners-up spot. Barcelona are the favourites to win the group after having taken six points already.
The Spanish champions were coming into the encounter without star man Lionel Messi, who is ruled out for the next few weeks with a muscle injury. Fabregas, who has been in great form since the start of the season, once again demonstrated his importance to the club by scoring the only goal of the match.
“Ajax and Celtic were two very different games for us. Can they beat Ajax over the next two games? Listen, I think Celtic can beat anyone, especially at home. They have a very good team, they have great commitment and they also have those supporters behind them, which means they really can beat anyone in Glasgow. Everything is still possible for them in this group,” said Fabregas after the match. Barcelona will face Milan away from home in the next group match.
There have been several reports of former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas making a return to English football with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal being interested in his services. He has been at Barcelona for just over two years now after moving to the Camp Nou for £ 35 million. However, he is thought to be unhappy with his youth club after not being a first-team regular under the new management of Tito Vilanova. Former manager Guardiola was responsible for bringing him to the club, but he played under the former Barcelona captain for just a year.
Fabregas has been intensely linked with a return to English football where he enjoyed the best spell of his career. The 26-year-old, though, has rejected any such speculation by saying that he does not intend to leave Barcelona as of yet. Despite being a midfielder, Fabregas has been utilised in several roles by Barcelona. This includes playing as a second striker, which according to his former manager Wenger is not a suitable position. Arsenal manager recently said that not playing football regularly is hampering the form of Fabregas who is being caught in a vicious circle.
Wenger has said that confidence is the kind of player who needs regular game time in order to show his true quality.
“I’ve always said that I’m happy at Barca. Whoever says that I’m leaving doesn’t know me and has never spoken with me. If someone says I don’t want to play at Barca, it’s completely absurd. My agent knows that I don’t want him to talk with other people about me,” said Fabregas. Even though the midfielder started 30 out of the 38 league matches, he was substituted in a majority of the matches. He was the important player when he was at Arsenal, but it is not the case any more.