Cesc: I’m confident under Martino

Cesc Fabregas has claimed that he is happy at Barcelona under Coach Tata Martino, insisting that Argentine is giving him confidence.

The midfielder has been in and out of the Blaugrana XI this term, but the Spain international has insisted that he wants to stay at Camp Nou.

“In Tata Martino I've found a Coach who is perhaps a little different from Tito and Pep and who loves to play a slightly different kind of football,” he told ESPN.

“He likes my style of play and that helps me a lot, gives me confidence. Because it's a long time since I've started as many games, and also played for 90 minutes, as I've done in the last three months, I feel important to the team.

“Rather than change, all he's asking is for us to restore some facets of what we had under Pep which, perhaps, have declined a little.

“His message is that there moments for everything in a game. Moments when you need to speed things up, a time when it's a bit crazy and you need to slow it down. The Coach is asking us to have intelligence and a sense of timing in a match.

“At the beginning of the season we were winning a lot but the games were, perhaps, a little bit too crazy and end-to-end. That's what he's making us realize, to be smarter. To go fast when it's required, slow it down when that's the right choice.”

Cesc then commented on the upcoming Champions League tie with Manchester City.

“Okay, we are excited by the tie but there are still seven matches before that and we are doing very well by simply going game by game right now.

“We don't have to focus on anything which is non-priority. Right now the priorities are to do very well in La Liga, to reach the final of the Copa del Rey, and when the time comes we'll speak about City.

“Obviously it's in our minds that this is a big game which will come around in a month, but we must be professional and what professional people do is go day by day.”

The former Arsenal man then remarked on what it will take for the Catalans to win the title this season.

“We are just going to have to win every game like we've been forced to do in past years. You know how it is at Barcelona — you always, always have to win, play your best … you have to deliver.

“If you don't do that here then it makes no difference whether there are two, three or even four teams pressurising you at the top, the fans simply won't like it. Here, you must always be at the peak of your game.

“We are doing very well right now but La Liga is growing up. It's increasingly hard to win, especially away from home because other teams are getting stronger and that makes it more special for fans of La Liga.”

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