Cesc Fabregas was the star of the show in Barca’s 3-0 win at Celta Vigo last night.
Blaugrana boss Gerardo Martino fielded an interesting line-up, with a new-look midfield composed of Sergio Busquets and Alex Song sitting, with Cesc pushing up to join the attack.
It was a role the Spanish international thrived in, and he was happy to have forced Celta’s own goal, and scored with a cracking strike himself.
“It’s been a while since I’ve scored and I regretted not getting on the scoresheet [in Barca’s recent draw] against Osasuna,” he said after the match.
“It’s always better to score.”
“We’re pleased,” Cesc added, after Barca stretched their gap at the top of the table to four points over Ateltico Madrid.
“The team played a good and complete game, we had a dip in form in the first half but in the second we played well.”
Barca had come into the game still high after their Clasico victory over rivals Real Madrid. But Fabregas says that as soon the referee got proceedings underway, Los Blancos were the furthest thing from the Blaugrana’s minds.
“We knew that the Clasico was important because of what it represents, but later we had to come here, on Tuesday and play at 10:00 PM and it seems as though it’s not as important. These three points are the ones you need at the end of the season.”
Barca boss Gerardo Martino meanwhile, was chuffed that his seemingly over-defensive midfield formation allowed Cesc to blossom in attack in support of Lionel Messi.
“We needed to bring Cesc closer to Messi in order to initiate the pressure,” he explained.
“We varied our format and we played with Song closer to Busquets, which gave Cesc more freedom.”