Fabregas losing fight against 'world's best'

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Cesc Fabregas has admitted he's finding it difficult to hold down a regular place in the Barcelona team, partly due to the fact that the world's best player, Lionel Messi features in his favoured position.

The 25-year-old shone for Spain in the 'false nine' position during Euro 2012, but accepts that he has little chance of playing that role at Camp Nou, because he has to compete with the Argentine star.

"In Barça, the best player of all time plays in my favourite position," Fabregas told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I'm talking about Messi, of course, and he doesn't play for Spain."

After one full season back in Catalunya, the former Arsenal captain also spoke of his surprise by the level of competition in La Liga, reflecting that it is a tougher title to win than the Premier League.

Barcelona conceded the domestic crown to Real Madrid in 2011/12, ending their three-year monopoly of Spain's top-flight. But, the midfielder is confident of the club's chances of reclaiming the title this campaign.

"When I returned to Spain [from Arsenal] I was taken aback by the fact that La Liga is harder to win than the Premier League. In England it's easier to win the league, because even if you lose five or six games you still have a good chance, because there's more competition at the top."

Pep Guardiola's departure in the summer, following four successful seasons - which delivered an unprecedented 14 trophies - prompted the internal appointment of Tito Vilanova, though it very much remains 'business as usual' at Barcelona.

"We do things in the same way as we did with Pep: the training, the preparation for the game, the tactics," Fabregas concluded. "The only difference is our way of expressing ourselves, but that's obvious."


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