Fabregas eyes golden start with Barcelona

Barcelona: Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is looking forward to a trophy-laden season with his new club and says that his teammates remain as motivated as ever as the Spanish season gets underway this weekend.

Fabregas returned to his hometown club this summer from Arsenal and after coming on for the final minutes last week as Barcelona beat Real Madrid in the domestic Super Cup he is now keen to win more medals.

Barcelona are aiming for their fourth consecutive league championship and begin their title defence against Villarreal on Monday.

The season will finally get underway after a dispute by the players union (AFE) and the football league (LFP) over the size of a fund to protect unpaid players led to a strike last weekend.

"I learnt from my first day here that we can go very far because we have the desire and everyone fights for each other and this has been a pleasant surprise," said Fabregas.

"Thanks to my teammates we had a magnificent season last year and now I can form part of this. My friends and family are very happy that I am back here and now hopefully I can improve as a player and win trophies."

If Barcelona do win the league this year then it will be a special achievement for coach Pep Guardiola as it means that he will have equalled the four straight league titles which his mentor Johan Cruyff won in the early 1990s as coach of a side in which Guardiola was an integral part.

Bureau Report

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