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Fabregas admits 'tough' Barca adjustment

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that he's found it hard to adjust to life in Spain after eight years at Arsenal.

The former-Gunners star moved to Barca last summer, and began the season in fine form, scoring freely as the Catalans challenged Real Madrid. But his form tailed off in the second-half of the season, and Barca eventually finished a disappointing second to their Madrid rivals.

And Fabregas concedes that the transition from life at Arsenal to his new role at Barca has not been easy, especially when it comes to the demanding tactics at the Spanish club.

Fabregas told Spanish newspaper El Pais: "It has been a radical change in my life and like it or not it is hard to adapt. I went from playing with complete freedom of movement to Barcelona where the game is more positional."

The former-Arsenal captain was his side's creative heartbeat at the Emirates Stadium, and pulled the strings from an advanced midfield position. But at Barcelona, Fabregas has to find a place to fit into one of the world's best midfield's, including Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

And for Spain, Fabregas has found himself in a new forward role as Spanish coach Vincente Del Bosque has so far chosen not to field a recognised striker.

The Barca star is looking to help Spain complete an historic treble of international trophies this summer, after the country won Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010.

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