Cesc Fàbregas: Barcelona were far superior to Chelsea
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fàbregas felt his side deserved to reach the Champions League final at the expense of Chelsea
Cesc Fàbregas claimed Barcelona produced a “far superior” performance than Chelsea during their Champions League semi-final second leg at Camp Nou, despite the result.
Roberto Di Matteo’s men booked their place in the final after goals from Ramires and substitute Fernando Torres cancelled out Sergio Busquets’ and Andres Iniesta’s first-half strikes to earn a 2-2 draw on the night and a 3-2 success on aggregate.
Chelsea, who were reduced to 10 men before half-time when John Terry was dismissed for needlessly driving a knee into the back of Alexis Sánchez, battled hard to deny Pep Guardiola’s men a place in the final for the second year running.
“Everyone saw the game and they can draw their own conclusions,” said former Arsenal captain Fàbregas. “First of all I congratulate them. Chelsea are in another final and I wish them all the best.
“We have to talk about how we played. But we knew that if we were to lose then it should be in this manner because we wanted to be sure that we stuck to our style.
“We created a lot of chances. I think we deserved to go through because we were far superior to them. But football is sometimes unfair and this time Chelsea are in the final instead. I say again that I wish them all the best.”
Fàbregas, who sealed a return to his boyhood club last August after eight years at Arsenal, admits the result is a “big blow” to his side, but insists they will come back stronger.
“This club is a great one and will be back with more desire and strength,” Fàbregas continued. “It’s a big blow to us all, but these players have shown so much in the past.
“When we lost in the Copa final to Madrid last season and when we lost to Inter in the 2010 semi-finals it has always been the case that this group reacts, lifts its morale and comes back better.”
He added: “The fans were incredible tonight. During the 24 years of my life I’ve never seen a team supported in defeat like that. I’m very proud to be from this club, to be a cule.
“Now we have to think about those games which remain in the Liga, keep in form and plan how to win the Spanish Copa final because it is a very important title.”