Monday February 25 2013
Fabregas: Vital to score

Cesc Fabregas has made clear that Barcelona will need to score tomorrow night if they want to eliminate Real Madrid from the Cup.

The Catalans host their Clasico rivals this Tuesday evening in the return leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final.

Theirs is the advantage, with a 1-1 score from the first leg meaning that a 0-0 tomorrow would see Barca progress. For Fabregas, though, this is not the approach.

“We had our chances to make it 0-2 in Madrid [on the away leg]. In the return leg we have to be as effective as possible, because they are very effective,” warned the midfielder to Barcelona’s official website today.

“We have to be on target in front of goal if we want to get to the final. It’s vital to score, we cannot go into the match and wait to see what happens.

“In last year’s Cup Clasico return leg - we had a good result from the away leg - and we were nearly eliminated from the competition.

“Madrid are very dangerous and in order to go through we’ll have to play the best football we’re capable of.”

The first leg was marred afterwards by reports of a post-match bust-up between Lionel Messi and Madrid’s Aitor Karanka and Alvaro Arbeloa.

“We aren’t the type of team that likes to complain to the Press. There are things that have to be said, but we’ll do our talking on the pitch.

“Leo is the best when it comes to this. He’s very strong mentally and physically. What he wants to do it play, enjoy the game and win.”

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