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Madrid hold no fear for Fabregas

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Cesc Fabregas insists Barcelona will go into Saturday's 'El Clasico' against Real Madrid with no fear.

The Catalan giants enjoyed a morale boosting 5-0 victory over Levante on Saturday, with the former Arsenal club captain scoring twice as Pep Guardiola's side turned on the style at Camp Nou.

A trip to the Santiago Bernabeu is certain to present a far tougher test for the La Liga and European Champions, but that won't stop Barca from playing their normal attacking style if Fabregas is to be believed.

"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," the Spanish international told Barca TV.

"If we go there with nerves or thinking we'll sit back and see what happens, we could be punished as 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. We'll go there to win. We're not afraid."

After a brief spell on the sidelines, Fabregas appeared to show no loss of his early-season form for a side currently three points off the pace, taking his personal goal tally to nine for the season in the latest victory.

With Los Blancos holding a game in hand, the trip to the capital could be a crucial moment in the title race, and Fabregas is hoping he can continue to get in advanced areas on the pitch and score goals.

"My team-mates are great, they have helped me a lot with my own game," he added.

"At Barca, I am able to get into a lot of forward positions in the area, which has enabled me to get those goals."

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