Barcelona won't ditch style to beat Real Madrid - Fabregas

Ahead of the first Clasico of the season at Camp Nou, the former Arsenal midfielder insists that the Catalans know where the Carlo Ancelotti's side are most dangerous
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas insists that the side will not scrap their style to avoid Real Madrid's strengths in Saturday's Clasico.

The Liga arch-rivals clash at 17.00BST at Camp Nou in the first showdown between the sides this season, with Gerardo Martino's men sitting three points ahead of Carlo Ancelotti's third-placed side going into the match.

It has been just under three years since the Blaugrana have beaten Los Blancos on Catalunyan turf in La Liga or the Copa del Rey and, while Fabregas is aware of how Madrid have exploited Barca's weaknesses in recent clashes, he says that his side will not look to abandon their manner of playing to compensate.

"Madrid haven't liked opponents ceding them possession and waiting," the 26-year-old told The Guardian when asked if Barca are easy to play against for a team like Madrid.

"Cristiano Ronaldo finds himself with two lines of four in front of him; Gareth Bale would too. Karim Benzema's alone. What they like is teams like Rayo Vallecano; what they like is for the opposition to come forward with the ball and then lose it.

"In two passes, Madrid are at the other end. They have such powerful players going forward. In the last few Clasicos they've done that very well against us, to their great credit. They've won possession, been aggressive and made life difficult for us, mostly on the counterattack.

"Changing our style would be an option but Barca have to play like Barca. If we lose, we have to lose playing like Barca and, when we win, we win like Barca. That's something I've learnt since returning.

"At Barca, no-one likes to lose. If you play well and lose or you play badly and lose, either way you've lost but here people do appreciate that we do things a certain way, our way.

"Now we have another coach and sometimes he has other ideas, so let's see but, in theory, we'll be the same Barcelona we always have been."