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PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

According to the Catalan midfielder: "we are where we wanted to be – in the Cup semi-final, sitting second and trying to catch Madrid in the league and waiting for the Champions to start again". Cesc Fàbregas also reflected on the two quarter final games  - full of incident and in the balance right till the end – claiming: "I'm proud of the team over the whole 180 minutes".

Having seen off Real Madrid in the Cup, Cesc believes the team will: "come away strengthened from the games. It's always complicated to beat Madrid. They looked very strong to me, but that didn't surprise us – we knew they are an awesome rival when they play at their best. We did our homework and we won the Cup quarter final against rivals who are always difficult".

Demanding

Cesc also admitted: "I'm not happy with my own performance" on Wednesday night, "I have to improve a lot", before explaining that although he was brought up to play football the Barça way: "this is the boss' system and it's not easy to get it straight away. When I play further forward, I have more mobility and that's a role I can handle  - further back I need to have more discipline and I missing the patience for that".

No excuses

Barça will be without Iniesta and Alexis for the next few games and with Villa, Fontàs and Afellay already out, the squad is beginning to be stretched, but Cesc insisted: "there can be no excuses – we are FC Barcelona. We have to give our best and push on. There are players in the B team who are doing really well".

“I feel bad for Iniesta”

Cesc Fàbregas commented on his Barça and Spain teammate Andrés Iniesta, who was injured against Madrid: "I feel bad for him. He knows we will be waiting for him Together with Leo he is the most incisive player in the game".

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