Cesc during the press conference in Yokohama. / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Cesc Fabregas spoke to a large melee of journalists at the Barça HQ in Yokohama ahead of Sunday’s final: "I’m here thanks to all the work done by my teammates last season.”  No doubt he’d like to pay back that debt if he gets a chance to play on Sunday. “We want to get out there on the pitch and do our best.”

Asked about the effects of jet lag and the time difference, Cesc insisted: “Time zones and tiredness are no excuse in such an important match. You have to get your strength from your head, from your mentality.”

Neymar not the only opponent

Cesc Fabregas echoed the words of his manager in reply to the persistent questions about Santos forward Neymar: "If we have the ball, Neymar won’t be in it.  We’re focussing on ourselves and on Santos globally as an opponent.  We won’t change the way we think.”  And Cesc refused to be drawn on the future of the young Brazilian star, who has been linked to a number of clubs in Europe: “Tomorrow Neymar is just another opponent. He’ll want to score three or four goals.  In the future we’ll see what happens to him.”

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