BENCH IS FINE

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that he does not mind being on the bench if he is going to be replaced by Lionel Messi. Barcelona will be having a crucial match on Tuesday night against Bayern Munich in the semifinals of the Champions League. In view of this match, Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova arrested a number of key players during the weekend. Fabregas has been one of the best players for Barcelona over the last few weeks, but he is expected to be dropped for the match against Bayern Munich.

The former Arsenal captain has expressed his frustration about being on the sidelines more often than not, but he has said that he will be happy to give way for Messi alone. The Argentine star has been suffering from a hamstring injury in the last few weeks. Yet, he has played an influential role in getting Barcelona to the semi-final stage of the competition. Barcelona looked devoid of ideas and lacking inspiration in the first half against PSG. However, Messi’s introduction of the second half proved to be the difference, as Barcelona managed to make it into the semifinals after the 1-1 draw.

The 25-year-old former Arsenal midfielder has made just 27 appearances, but he has scored 10 goals. “Lionel is ready to play in Munich. He is the most important player of the team. We feel safer with him, as was shown against PSG. Leo offers us things no other player does. If I drop out because of Leo I would accept this because he is so important. I have played as a false nine four or five times but I feel more comfortable playing as an inside left. I accept I am not yet a leader in the way I was at Arsenal,” said Fabregas ahead of the first leg semifinals.