Fabregas: Barcelona will bounce back
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted his form faded towards the end of last season but expects both he and his club will be back with a bang.
Following Pep Guardiola’s departure, Barcelona have a new man at the helm in Tito Vilanova and Fabregas is confident of an upturn in fortunes, telling the official Barcelona website that his own indifferent performances were down to "a mental block."
"Tito has made it clear that I need to play the way I know," said Fabregas. "I have to be mobile, look for space, help my teammates by playing the easy ball.
"I’ve noticed the difference in the first few games of the pre-season, and how rather than staying static at inside left, I have to be more mobile.
"Tito Vilanova is a coach with a lot of personality, more than people think. He’ll have a lot to offer and we have to help him.
"He’ll help because he knows so much about football and we will help by making sacrifices and having the right attitude. If we help each other, we’ll have a great year."
He added: "These three weeks of the pre-season help to make us stronger and we need to fuel ourselves in order to perform better during the season.
"A good pre-season helps build the fitness to see you thorough to the end."