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Why Cesc Fabregas will be a success at Barcelona

After protracted transfer negotiations, Barcelona have finally got their man. The European champions have strengthened their side with one of the most talked-about players in Europe.

After protracted transfer negotiations, Barcelona have finally got their man. The European champions have strengthened their side with one of the most talked-about players in Europe.

President Joan Laporta is enthusiastic about the new star, saying: “He is not a conformist, he is ambitious, a winner, an authentic man with strong feelings and he wanted to come to Barcelona.”

There is every reason to expect him to be a success. One year later, Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves Barcelona in a rage after struggling to force his way into Pep Guardiola’s first eleven: despite an impressive goals-per-game rate, the Swede made just one more league start than then-22 year old Pedro.

Ibrahimovic’s experience at Barcelona highlights the difficulties facing Cesc Fabregas at his new – or, rather, old – club. Javier Mascherano, another expensive signing who joined from Liverpool last summer and the world’s best defensive midfield player, has been unable to displace Sergio Busquets from the side and has had to line up at centre back to get regular football for the Catalans.

Yaya Toure, who was superb in an attacking midfield role for Manchester City last season, had to do likewise, most notably in the 2009 Champions League final, when Busquets was again preferred in midfield.

This is because Guardiola, like his progenitor Johan Cruyff, picks his side based on what will enable his side’s tiki-taka style to flourish. Ibrahimovic, Mascherano and now Fabregas are undoubtedly all highly talented players, but the Barcelona boss has shown that he will stand by the more unglamorous but nevertheless very capable members of his squad, such as Pedro and Busquets, if he believes they will contribute more to the team performance than a marquee signing.

For all this, though, Fabregas will be a success at Barcelona, as he will find it much easier to adapt his game to the Camp Nou style than others have. There are three reasons for this: he already plays with many of his new teammates at international level, which also helped David Villa look like he’d been in the Barca first team for years; he played with Lionel Messi at youth level before joining Arsenal at 16; and he has arrived back in Catalonia having spent eight years as the talisman in a team that Arsène Wenger has built on very similar principles to Guardiola’s.

There are question marks about where the 24 year old will fit into the first eleven, particularly with Andres Iniesta playing in a slightly more withdrawn role last season, alongside the peerless Xavi and the seemingly unmovable Busquets.

But one must believe that Guardiola would not have remained so dogged in his pursuit of the former Arsenal captain if he did not believe he will improve his side, and with two years to think about it, he must surely have a clear idea of how Cesc is to fit into the squad. The rest of us shall have to wait for Barca’s opening league fixture in Malaga on Sunday to find out just what that is.

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  1. damoobarca

    August 17, 2011 at 11:57 am

    The only place where CESC will be fit in to barcelona squad is still the midfield. But Sagio B. will operate as a defender in order to cover for Puyol, while he will maintain the centre.

    • Kev

      August 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Sagio B plays like a little girl. I have never seen players that cheat as much as him and Pedro.
      Disgraceful. Diving and faking injury.
      Maybe barca should have bought a decent central defender instead of 2 players they obviously don’t need. (fabregas and Sanchez).

      • Johny English

        August 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm

        And you write like if you did not know English at all.

        Comenca a aprendre a respectar els altres inutil.

  2. Arsenal1Again

    August 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Cesc will get chances, but not many of them. If he has just 3-4 poor games he’ll not get off the bench.

  3. samuel

    August 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Lionel Messi like Xavi and Iniesta won,
    t be too happy when they are replaced
    by Cesc ,whether it,s for the full 90
    mins.a half only or whatever,so too Dav
    id Villa ,Pedro or any other Barca mi
    fielder/riker,Valdez and Puyol don,t have to worry about the deep defensive
    goalie and central defender positions
    neither do Pique ,Busquets, Dani Alves
    have to worry about Cesc so how long before the sulking and jealousy starts
    at the Nou Camp when Cesc has to get mo
    re playing time ,we shall see ?

  4. Paul

    August 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I think fabregas will play in midfield with iniesta further forward, with barca employing a 4-3-1-2:

    Alves puyol pique abidal
    Xavi busquests cesc
    Messi villa

  5. Gooner_dollan147

    August 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    No matter how competitive any team can luk lyk anywia all ova da world, Cesc will fit into it seamlessly b’cos he’s a quality world class player and a very difficult player 2 replace (sic !! Wenger)..

    Pep wuldn’t splash out such amount on him if he doesn’t have plans 4 him and IMO, he’s a Blaugrana and a product of da Barca youth system.. They’ll hv 2 sacrifice pedro 4 him (Oops!! Pedro’s bin da second best clinical finisher afta Messi 4 Barca in da last 2 seasons)..

    Whicheva way, I’ll wanna go wif Paul’s formation 4 Barca dis season..

    Go Super FAB, still missing u SORELY..
    Gunner till I Die..

  6. the gun

    August 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    pep bought ibra when he did not need him as eto was proven quality, he bought hleb and he too was not needed, after seeing mascherano harldy make a start i would say masch is also not that highly needed, with xavi and iniesta playing at the highest level, fabregas is also not needed. barca had the best midfield in the world, fabregas being so expensive was not needed. pep s poor at signings. a left back like coentrao would have made more sense to buy as abidal is waning and maxwell is average

  7. Mohacelona

    August 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Surely cesc is wrld class player and he will fit in any team if ur douting the quality of cesc just re-wotch arsenal against astonvila the game he scored 2 fantastic goals

  8. skyz

    August 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    cesc fabregas is better than xavi and iniesta put together, and he will break into the squad one way or another, you are now going to witness aplayer that will undoubatly be the 3rd best player in the world,
    top 5 players in world football

    young players

    all these players i mentioned are world class or are going to be, believe me fabregas is under rated, in my opinion he is the best midfielder on the planet

  9. Katutumba.M.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Fabregas is a classified player.No matter what people say,but the truth lies in their hearts.He’s a talented man with focus and zeal to make it.His talent was just shadowed in his former team Arsenal that has no objective and desire to win trophies.Now you will realise when he becomes the world star in the forth coming season.He has been the only man missing in Barcelona.

  10. Rio

    August 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    cesc will always be a bargain for barca..he had turned to be a complete midfielder…maybe he wont get much playing time but i bet xavi wont fly as he does for another 2 season..then is cecs time…we want players to be loyal but who can resist to play for the best and with the best in the world…love cesc to be stay with us but…6 empty years answered everything…

  11. Uwandu

    August 18, 2011 at 5:31 am

    up Chelsea fists but ces wil be a great 4 barca

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