Having been granted a dream move from Arsenal to Barcelona last summer, Cesc Fabregas hopes to end his first season back in Catalonia by fulfilling another long-held ambition.

The Spain international returned to his boyhood club last August, having graduated to become Arsenal captain during eight years with the north London side.

The FA Cup triumph in 2005 was the only trophy of note Arsenal won during Fabregas' time with the club, and he left the Emirates Stadium in order to enhance his chances of glory.

There is no better side in Europe to be at than Barcelona if a player hopes to win silverware at the highest level, and the Catalan giants remain favourites to retain the Champions League this season.

Winning the biggest prize in European football is something Fabregas has dreamed about for a number of years, and the 24-year-old is likely to feature prominently during the last four encounter with Chelsea.

Fabregas has, perhaps surprisingly to some, established himself as a regular starter since his move to the Nou Camp, and hopes he can end a successful personal season with the greatest club trophy of them all.

"It's much better than I expected and I have played much more than I expected," he told a press conference prior to the meeting with Chelsea.

"I came here to learn, to get better as a player and a person and also to experience weeks like this - Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League, then Real Madrid in a game which, if we win, we are back in the title race, followed by Chelsea again.

"I've learned a lot tactically. I now know my position on the pitch. I feel more mature as a player.

"It's a pleasure to be playing in this team. It's the most important week of the season and to be able to experience something like this is a dream for me.

"Winning the Champions League is a challenge that I have set myself.

"I was very close a few years ago [with Arsenal] and I still have a thorn in my side so, for me, it is great dream and I would love it to be fulfilled in my first year at Barcelona."

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