Cesc Fabregas came out in defense of Leo Messi and believes that he’ll soon get back to scoring goals as usual: "He’s very humble, always gives everything for the team, and loves the Club. There’s nothing more to say".
Messi hasn’t scored for 3 games. Viktoria Pilsen, Sevilla, and Granada have escaped without
conceding a Messi goal, which has led to the first arguments about his form. For Cesc,
there’s no debate: "I haven’t heard any arguments. He’s my age. If you see the
progress he’s made, I don’t think I’ll ever see it again. He’s won
everything, except the World Cup. He scores goals every game, makes them, always plays ...
he’s a fabulous player, physically and mentally. If there are doubts about Messi, I
don’t know how they see the rest of us. I’ve never played with a player like him,
either at youth level or professionally. He’s humble, never hides, always gives everything
for the team, and loves the Club. There’s nothing more to say" he added.
Bet on another Golden Ball for Messi
On the same lines, when asked about the Golden Ball trophy, he said: "50 of us have been
nominated for this award. Nobody will remember the 5th to the 50th. I’d put my hand in the
fire that Messi will win it. It has a special meaning for him, but the next day he’ll want to
score more goals and that's the most important" he said. Regarding his own presence on the list,
and the absence of Pedro, Valdes, or Busquets, Cesc said that "it’s a pretty strange list.
How can I be on it, when I didn’t play for practically the whole of last season?".
Self criticism after the match at Granada
Regarding the game at Granada (1-0 win), in which he started after his injury, he recognised
that it wasn’t Barça’s best game. "The movement of the ball was too slow, we
didn’t change the direction of play enough, we had too many players down the right, and we
didn’t have as much ball possession as usual, but we did control the whole match" he
stressed, whilst praising Barca’s current defensive form.
On his own performance, he acknowledged that he’s still recovering his best form, and
feels more comfortable playing in attack than deeper in midfield. "I can play in both positions. As
a midfielder I have to improve a lot of things. Tactically I have plenty of room for improvement"
End of discussion about Kanoute
One of the topics of most interest in the press conference was the controversy that
arose with Frederic Kanoute at the end of the match against Sevilla, which ended with Kanoute being
sent off. "I've always been calm about it. I know what I said to him. Whoever leaked the story that
I used racist words has got what they wanted, because it’s been published worldwide. I spoke
with Kanoute and we said what we had to say. I’m not a Saint, just like any football player,
but I didn’t say anything racist, and nobody is denying that. We all know how football works"