Former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has described facing his old club as an ‘extra motivation’ for him in the Champions League.
The Spanish international joined Chelsea from the Blaugrana in the summer of 2014 and has won two league titles in England, and visits the Camp Nou on Wednesday with the English champions.
“It will be good for me to play against friends as it is an extra motivation for winning,” Fabregas told an interview with Marca.
“It is not the first time I have done this as I played against Barca with Arsenal and also against Arsenal with Chelsea, so I know the feeling.
“It’s always good to go up against your old club because it just motivates you more to show the level you are now at and what you are capable of.
“This will be a complicated match for us for sure, to go 90 minutes in the Camp Nou is a massive ask for any away team, but we are prepared and looking forward to the challenge.
“We must work together and take advantage of our opportunities, to play our game – I’ve trained tactically more at Chelsea more than anywhere else and you can see that on the pitch.
“We must start the match with a positive outlook because if we do not, then we will struggle.”