Cesc Fabregas: We won’t alter style for Real Madrid

Cesc Fabregas: We won’t alter style for Real Madrid


Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said his side won’t alter their style of play when they take on Real Madrid in El Clasico later this evening.

The Catalan outfit has not beaten Los Blanco on home soil in La Liga or the Copa del Rey in almost three years, with Real having successfully exploited any weaknesses in recent times.

Speaking to the Guardian, the former Arsenal man said Carlo Ancelotti’s team likes to hit opponents on the counter attack and for sides to cede possession to them. But the 26-year-old vowed Barcelona would not be put off their usual game as they look to take the three points that would open up a six point gap in La Liga over their arch rivals.

He stated: Cristiano Ronaldo finds himself with two lines of four in front of him; Gareth Bale would too. Karim Benzema’s alone. What they like is teams like Rayo Vallecano; what they like is for the opposition to come forward with the ball and then lose it.

“In two passes, Madrid are at the other end. They have such powerful players going forward. In the last few Clasicos they’ve done that very well against us, to their great credit. They’ve won possession, been aggressive and made life difficult for us, mostly on the counterattack.”

He added: “Changing our style would be an option but Barca have to play like Barca. If we lose, we have to lose playing like Barca and, when we win, we win like Barca.”