David Villa tells Barca to stop dreaming of playing with, but rather concentrate on playing against Fabregas.
Spanish World Cup winner David Villa has warned his Barcelona team mates that they need to stop dreaming of seeing Cesc play in a Barcelona shirt alongside them, but rather worry about the damage he could inflict on them tonight.
The players were both targets of intense transfer speculation last summer, but while Barcelona splashed the cash on Villa, Fabregas has remained at Arsenal, who play Barcelona at the Emirates tonight.
Villa himself admits he would love to play alongside his world cup winning team mate in the Red and Blue of Barcelona, but is very aware of the threat Fabregas can pose to his own Champions League dreams.
“Cesc Fabregas is a worldwide star,” Villa said, speaking to the Spanish press. “I am a lover of his game and I sincerely have belief in his presence at our club.
“Cesc is a player able to succeed at any club in the world. I understand Arsenal’s position but it would be sensational if he is with us for the next campaign.
“We need to stop Cesc. At this moment he is thinking only about Arsenal and is looking to defeat us. He is a super professional.”
Villa was also quick to acknoloedge that Arsenal have other players who can hurt his team.
“Cesc is not the only key for the Gunners. Van Persie has rediscovered his level in attack and our defenders must be very focused,” added Villa.
“The key to this match will be containing Arsenal’s attack and profiting from our own chances to score goals.
“We need to score to increase our options for the second match.”
Despite Barcelona’s league form and wealth of attacking options, Villa is taking nothing for granted ahead of tonight’s first leg.
“This tie will not be easy. Today Barcelona and Arsenal play the best game in Europe because it will be beautiful for the spectator.
“My dream is to win the Champions League. The media makes us favourites but footballers can only think from match to match.”