Barca midfielder Fabregas brands Chelsea as 'long ball' team ahead of CL showdown

   Apr 18, 2:14 pm

London, Apr 18(ANI): Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has raised few eyebrows ahead of their first leg of the Champions League semi-final clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, as he branded the Blues a ' long ball' team.

Former Arsenal captain Fabregas claimed that since replacing Andre Villas-Boas with interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea had gone back to the direct strategy, which is built around target-man Didier Drogba.

Fabregas also stressed that Chelsea is a dangerous team and could provide ample amount of problems to Barcelona on Wednesday.

"With Villas-Boas, they tried to have the ball a lot more - not play so many balls long and not seek out the second ball quite so much," The Daily Mirror quoted Fabregas, as saying.

"They've gone back to the type of Chelsea that was more successful a few years ago with Di Matteo - playing on the counter, trying to hit the target man, sitting back and using that No 9 as a reference point," he added.

"They are a very, very dangerous team. They are like motorbikes now - faster, quicker to get the ball forward. Get after it and cause problems," he said. (ANI)

Andy Flower slams `misleading` Afridi's reputation in media Feb 10, 11:33 pm
Karachi, Feb.10 (ANI): Former Zimbabwe captain and ex-England coach Andy Flower believes that Shahid Afridi's reputation in the media is 'misleading' and described the Pakistan skipper as an excellent leader.
Full Story
Raul believes Zidane can salvage Real's troublesome season Feb 10, 10:50 pm
Madrid, Feb.10 (ANI): Real Madrid are on course to end their troublesome campaign by making a strong title push in the ongoing La Liga season under the tutelage of former player Zinedine Zidane, said club legend Raul.
Full Story
Recovering Steyn included in Proteas World T20 squad Feb 10, 10:17 pm
Johannesburg, Feb.10 (ANI): South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, has been included in the 15-man squad announced on Wednesday for next month's World Twenty20 in India.
Full Story
Nehra keen to reprise role as death bowler in World T20 Feb 10, 9:40 pm
Pune, Feb.10 (ANI): Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra, who made his international comeback after a lengthy gap of four years in the recently-concluded Twenty20 series against Australia, has expressed that he was eager to assume the tough role of a death bowler in next month's World T20 in India.
Full Story
Comments