Fabregas acknowledges Barcelona adaptation

The midfielder has discussed his change in role since rejoining the club from Arsenal, while praising Lionel Messi's temperament.
Cesc Fabregas has had to adapt his game since rejoining Barcelona.

The 26-year-old came through the Blaugrana youth ranks but left the club for Arsenal as a 16-year-old, back in 2003, before returning to Camp Nou eight years later.

However, Fabregas has endured some tough times in his second stint with the Catalans, having operated in a number of different positions, including an offensive 'false nine' role.

But despite the initial teething problems that came with his positional transition, the Spain international acknowledges the learning process was a necessary one.

"I came to Barca from a team where I was captain and had all the balls passed through me," he told AS. "I used to play where I thought I could do more damage until Pep [Guardiola] and Tito [Vilanova] told me that was my problem.

"That view was right because I have Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta and [Lionel] Messi playing ahead of me."

Fabregas then praised Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi for his temperament in dealing with critics and the disappointment of an injury that has kept him out of action for much of the first half of the season.

"Sometimes people are out of line regarding Messi, but it does not affect him," he said.

He also expressed confidence that Messi's time away won't hamper the superstar.

"No, that [the injury] will be fine," Fabregas said.