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Fabregas Reveals How He Plans To Stop Messi In UCL Showdown

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas Reveals How He Plans To Stop FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi In UEFA Champions League Showdown

By Keegan Kruger - Mar 13, 2018 11:59 AM @KeeganKruger

In the build-up to the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie, Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas has revealed how he plans to stop close friend and former FC Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi in the match.

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Ernesto Valverde's men go into the return fixture with an important away goal, which was scored by the Argentine in the latter stages of the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

Fabregas has now explained that, should he be picked to play in the match, then he will be sure to make Messi's night an "uncomfortable" one.

"If I am lucky enough to play, we are positioned in nearby areas of the pitch. Stopping him will be difficult but I will do everything possible so that he feels uncomfortable and can't put together a perfect performance," the Spaniard told Marca.

"I see him as a rival who wants to win, and I want the same thing. We are on different teams and each player wants what is best for their own club. Obviously, you always have respect for each other.

"It doesn't bother me to play against my previous club or old friends, it motivates me. I did it with Arsenal and now with Chelsea, I've felt pretty good on both occasions.

"Nobody should doubt that I want the best for my current club. In fact, it gives me extra motivation."

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Messi has made 41 appearances for the Blaugrana so far this season, scoring 32 goals and assisting a further 16 strikes.

What is your prediction for this match? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Mar 20, 2018 06:10 AM
And he failed to stop the magician Leo Messi
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Golden Boots Joined: 08 Feb 2015
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Golden Boots Mar 13, 2018 07:45 PM
Fabregas though? Hahaha!
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MESSIAHKHOSI Joined: 21 Feb 2018
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MESSIAHKHOSI Mar 13, 2018 06:50 PM
This sounds similar to Manuel Neuer sayings about Messiah and we all know how she wrote at the end of the game, 2 goals at the back of his net, dont ever prepare for GOD just go and be glad to play next to him.
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Joined: 24 Mar 2017
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Mar 13, 2018 01:16 PM
U will plan and that's where it will all end planning....Messi and co wll make sure that u suffer and feel unforgettable pain. No one will stand in our way of reclaiming the UEFA Crown#believe that
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mmlungisikhumalo@gmail.com Mar 13, 2018 01:07 PM
wishing you a goodluck boy.
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mmlungisikhumalo@gmail.com Mar 13, 2018 01:06 PM
wishing you a goodluck boy.

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