Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed the unbeaten Camp Nou side will have to improve if they want to beat Celtic on Tuesday, despite continuing their unbeaten run in La Liga.
Lionel Messi was, obviously, the star of the show, scoring a hat-trick and getting an assist, but Fabregas also played a key role by assisting three of Barça’s goals in the 5-4 win away at Deportivo la Coruna.
Though Tito Vilanova’s team remain top of the table without a loss, the defending against a side that have only just returned to the top flight was poor and the former Arsenal captain admitted it will need to stop.
“It will be a difficult game against Celtic on Tuesday night, they are a good side and always make it a tough match,” he is quoted as saying in The Sun.
“We won the three points against Deportivo — but it’s clear we now have to analyse the four goals they scored against us.
“We simply have to improve in the future as we conceded too many goals, but we are in a good mood.”
Fabregas was also in action for the Spanish national team last week – he missed a crucial penalty in the draw with France – and he felt that this might have had something to do with the sloppiness on show in defence.
However, Barcelona remain top of the table, level on points with a Falcao inspired Atletico Madrid and Fabregas was just pleased to take the positives.
“It’s not easy to play a game like that after international break,” he added.
“In general our first half was excellent. With the exception of a couple of moments, I thought we dominated and we were by far the superior side.”
Lionel Messi’s heroics were even more astonishing considering he had been starring in Argentina’s world cup qualification win over Chile in Santiago just three days earlier.
Added to this, the Camo Nou legend’s first child is due any day and he could be forgiven for being a little worn out.
Neil Lennon takes Celtic to Cataluña on Tuesday evening on the back of his side collecting their first ever Champions League group stage away win, 3-2 against Spartak Moscow, but the Scottish champions are unlikely to be expecting a similar result on this trip.