Cesc Fabregas has identified that the upcoming two weeks of fixtures are key to Barcelona’s ambitions of success this season.
Over the course of the next fortnight, the Catalans travel out to Milan for the first leg of their Last 16 Champions League clash, face Real Madrid at home in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final and then travel out to the Santiago Bernabeu for a League Clasico.
“The next two weeks are extremely important. It will be very complicated but we have to have the same confidence that we’ve had up until now,” commented Fabregas when assessing the challenge.
Fabregas was talking to reporters at a publicity event, where he learned to make sushi.
“The Milan game will be very complicated. We’ll need to be at our best to beat them. the match against Milan is key because we want to go to Wembley.
“We believe that they will be a very difficult rival because of the players they have and because of their history. If we aren’t at 100 per cent we will not go through to the next round.
“I’m very eager to win the Champions League, and to win it with Barca would be the best present any footballer could hope for.”
In a season that has seen a number of colleagues sign new long-term contracts, Fabregas was asked if he too intended to remain at the club for as long as possible.
“I’ve come back to Barca to stay for the rest of my career. If it were up to me, and if everything goes well, I’ll fight as hard as I can to retire here.”