Cesc: Last year’s lesson learned

Cesc Fabregas is tonight expecting to face similar Celtic side that defeated Barcelona in the Champions League last season.

Barca are back in Glasgow this evening for the second round of matches in Group H, and for a rematch of last year’s group stage encounter at Celtic Park which The Bhoys won 2-1.

“We learned our lesson last year. It was a good game, but it got away from us because of small details and that’s what we have to try and minimise,” mused Fabregas to reporters pre-game.

“We have to play with an attacking mentality. These small details are not committing fouls on the wings, or conceding corners, that’s where they are strong.

“We think we know how they will play, and it could be that they will approach the game in the same way they did last year because it worked for them. We’re expecting a relatively similar game.

“We lacked effectiveness then. We will try to win without obsessing about last year’s defeat. Coming to Celtic Park is always tough because of the fans’ enthusiasm, among other things.

“Do we want revenge? Barca is above all this. We will not think about what happened a year ago.”

Barca are without Lionel Messi for the game, after the striker picked up a thigh injury at the weekend.

“Messi is the best player in the world, he makes a difference, but he won’t be here and we can’t do anything about that.

“He’s the player who scores the most and gives the most assists, the rest of us need to take a step forward.”

Fabregas, meanwhile, has continued under Tata Martino to move between different positions for the team.

“I’ve adapted well to the three positions that I play in. The most important thing is to win. I’m in good physical condition, I have confidence, I know what the boss wants from me.

“I’m very confident and I try to give it my all. I hope to maintain this type of consistency throughout the season, to be in good mental and physical condition until the end.”

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