Cesc Fabregas has admitted he was disappointed in his own performance in Wednesday night’s Copa Del Rey clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid, and says he is struggling to come to terms with the Catalan club's style of play.
Fabregas completed his move back to Barcelona over the summer having departed the club’s renowned La Masia youth academy to join Arsenal in 2003.
The Spanish international immediately endeared himself at the Nou Camp by scoring in four consecutive matches to set a new club record, and has found the back of the net nine times in 14 La Liga games so far.
However Fabregas admitted he was frustrated with his performance against Madrid as he struggled to come to terms with his deeper lying role, saying he has a lot to ‘improve’ if he is to hold down a regular starting spot.
"I'm not happy with my own performance against Madrid,” Fabregas told Fifa.com. “I have a lot to improve upon. Although I was brought up to play football the Barça way, this is the coach’s system and it's not easy to adapt to it straight away.
"When I play further forward, I have more mobility, and that's a role I can handle. But when I play further back, I need to have more discipline and I currently miss the patience for that.”
Barcelona gained revenge for last year’s Copa Del Rey final defeat as they set up a semi-final against Valencia after pipping Madrid 4-3 on aggregate.
Madrid fought back from 2-0 down to claim a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp but failed to overturn the deficit from the first leg as they fell at the quarter final stage in the defence of the trophy they won last year.
Fabregas, who cited his desire to win trophies as the reason for his summer switch from north London, says he would desperately like to hold the Copa Del Rey trophy aloft with his new side, but says the Champions League remains the biggest prize of all.
"I dream of winning all three [competitions],” Fabregas explained,. “But if I have to choose one it would be the Champions League. That’s the one I’ve been longing to win for a long time. The Champions League gives me a special feeling and is valued the most by the majority of the players."
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