Cesc Fabregas fires Chelsea FC warning at FC Barcelona

Feb 19, 2018, 08:10
Cesc Fabregas fires Chelsea FC warning at FC Barcelona

Cesc Fabregas has warned his Chelsea team-mates to not underestimate Barcelona's ageing midfielder Andres Iniesta.

The Blues host the runaway La Liga leaders at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, with the second leg at Camp Nou three weeks later, and Conte has been busily studying them for weeks - though has warned his side not to focus exclusively on Lionel Messi.

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has admitted that his team must produce the "perfect game" to get the better of Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 tie.

"He's still good; for this type of player age doesn't really matter", Fabregas said.

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"Once you have a talent, once you have the class that he and so many other "big" players have, they can play until their late 30s".

Asked if Iniesta was an idol for Fabregas as a Barca youth product, he replied: "You're making him very old!"

"Physically, it's important, obviously because the game nowadays depends a lot on that".

Fabregas knows FC Barcelona well after having started his career there and returning to Camp Nou from Arsenal in 2011 before moving to Chelsea FC three years later.

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"We played with the Spain Under-21s together. I think he would fit in perfectly [at Chelsea], and there are already several Spanish players there".

"But we for sure will work together, work with the team, but not just to try to stop him: if we focus on just man-marking Messi, it can be very unsafe". I saw him as a team-mate.

"I used to look up to [Pep] Guardiola because he was playing in my position; I used to love Luis Figo when he was at Barcelona".

Although Conte admits that his charges will need to turn in a massive performance if they want to progress against the Spanish giants, he feels that the Blues could cause an upset if they manage to make the most of being in possession.

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