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The former Arsenal star insisted that the Catalans are well prepared for the upcoming Spanish cup final against Athletic Bilbao and stressed that they are hungry for silverware

Cesc Fabregas has assured that Barcelona are ready for Friday's Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, and warned their opponents that the Blaugrana are motivated to end the 2011-12 campaign with a trophy.

The Catalans have not played an official game since the 2-2 Liga draw against Betis on May 12, but Fabregas is confident that Barca will be physically and mentally prepared, although he expects a difficult encounter versus the Basque side.

"We’re prepared and ready for the final. It’s not normal to wait so long to play a final but our eagerness and excitement to play has helped us overcome the wait," Fabregas was quoted as saying on the club's official website.

"I’m sure they are not any more motivated than we are. Our hunger for victory and our excitement hasn’t run out.

"We’re going to play against a spectacular team that we admire. They have hope, they’re eager and they always go forward. They remind me of some English teams, with very direct football but they also utilise their passing game."

Friday's final at the Vicente Calderon kicks off at 22.00CET.


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