Cesc: Barca have to control Man City

Cesc Fabregas has called for Barcelona to exercise some control against Manchester City and play a smart game.

La Blaugrana go into the second leg of the Round of 16 tie at Camp Nou with a 2-0 lead from the first meeting.

Fabregas however told UEFA’s official website that the game is not over and Barca need to play with intelligence to see it out.

“We have to control the game well. We can’t make it a game of attack and defence every five minutes because that’s to their benefit.

“We have to control the game, keep the ball, and create opportunities as well as finish them off, and not let City counter.”

Fabregas added that he is well aware of a number of City’s players, particularly Jesus Navas, Yaya Toure and David Silva.

“Silva is a great passer, Navas a great winger and Toure who played here and wants to win.

“They have great players. We must think about them well but I trust Barca to win.”

Fabregas also acknowledged that Barca’s season hasn’t been all plain sailing but predicted a successful end to the campaign, both for the team as a whole and for himself individually.

“On a personal level, my career at Barcelona can always get better. I’ve had good and bad moments, like everyone.

“But this is a very important season for me. It’s been six months and I’m getting better and feeling very well. I feel important to the team.

“Hopefully I can live up to what the club demands and win many titles.”

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