PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

After the great win against Levante, and despite having a midweek Champions League match against BATE Borisov, it's inevitable that the fans are looking ahead to next weekend's Real Madrid game.  In an interview with Barça TV, Cesc makes it very clear that, "The team has always been upbeat.  We always try and compete at the highest level."  He also emphasised that the team is in good shape and will go to the Bernabeu looking "for a win".  And whatever happens there'll be no lack of "bravery and courage" to "play our own style".

Cesc knows that the result of the Madrid game could have a big impact on the race to the league title.  A defeat would be a serious setback to Barça's hopes– "although you never know" -  while a win would put the Club right back in the hunt and give the players a boost ahead of the World Club Cup in Japan.  Summing up the mood of the squad, he guaranteed that Barça "will fight to get the three points" while sticking to their trademark style of play – "We'll go to win.  We're not afraid."

The Bernabeu, "very dangerous"

"If we go there with nerves or thinking we'll sit back and see what happens, the Bernabeu is a very dangerous place to play. Obviously they'll go all out for a win and the home fans will make their presence felt.  We know that if Real Madrid win, it could have a serious impact on the league."

Turning to the team's performance against Levante, Cesc proudly insisted, "it was a great all-round performance by the whole team.  We felt in great shape physically and our tactical positioning was very good."  He called on his team-mates "to keep on improving and perfecting the system."  On a personal level, Cesc's two goals were one of the high points of the match. "Scoring always makes me happy but at the end of the day the main thing is that the team keeps on winning and collecting points."

Nine goals, three from headers

So far this season, Cesc Fabregas has scored nine goals and he highlights the role played by his team-mates: "My team-mates are amazing.  In that sense I feel that I'm benefiting a lot from having them around me.  I always try and expect the best from them because I know they're fantastic players." Finally, Cesc explained why three of his nine goals have come from headers: "I play higher up the pitch with Barça and that makes it easier for me to get into the box."