Cesc Fabregas on facing Barcelona, “the best team in the world”
Written by Renzo on February 15, 2011 4:30
It is impossible to approach tomorrow’s game against Barcelona without asking Cesc Fabregas what he thinks of the tie and speaking to Arsenal TV Online the captain explained how the Gunners are ready for the “battle”.
On Saturday after the Wolves game, the midfielder started by explained that the Gunners should have scored more against Mick McCarthy’s side but how at the end of the day what was important was to get all three points and keep the pressure on leaders Manchester United – who like the Gunners – have difficult games coming up in the English Premier League.
On tomorrow’s game, the 23-year old said how the players know that the Catalans are the best team in the world and how reaching the next round is a big task with the players ready to give it their best shot in the two legs.
On what one can learn by looking back at last season’s tie, Fabregas was honest enough to admit that even if you analyse Barcelona closely and get to know everything about them, they possess quality players who can make the difference at any time as he concluded by again saying how the Gunners will not make the same mistake as last season, respecting their rivals too much.
Ahead of the Champions League game, Fabregas said:
I think we could have scored more goals [against Wolves]. We started really well, we had a good game overall but [if not for] a little bit with the finishing we could have scored more goals. The most important thing was [to get all] three points after Manchester United won so we are still in the race and they still have to play many many difficult games, the same as us so we see what happens.
From now on our objective is to think about Barcelona. We know that they are the best team in the world so it’s a big task for us but we will do our best, I think we have a very young team but with a lot of quality and energy, we are very motivated so we’ll try to do our best.
It’s difficult to learn [from last season's games] because they are such a good team that even if you know everything they still have so many quality players that can make the difference. But we should not worry too much about them, we have to play with no fear, we respected them too much in the first half here last season [so] we just have to play our game and that’s it.