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I would love to see Barcelona defeat Real Madrid in El Clasico - Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has confessed that he is hoping for a Barcelona victory over Real Madrid in Monday’s Clasico fixture at the Nou Camp.

The former Barca youth player spoke in an interview with El Mundo Deportivo about one of the most anticipated fixtures in recent seasons, and given his previous allegiance to the club, he unsurprisingly claimed that he wants them to triumph against their oldest rivals.

He stated: “As a Cule, I want Barcelona to win. As a professional, El Clasico is seen as a sensational game in which the club maintains its incredible history, but Madrid are much improved compared to last season's. I see them being more dangerous than in other years.

“No one should be surprised at my feelings for Barcelona because I have never hidden them. My family are Cules to the core, I was raised at La Masia, and that’s why I say I want to see Barca win.”

Fabregas also spoke in more detail about Madrid, and in particular the impact that Jose Mourinho has had since his arrival at the Bernabeu.

He continued: “Their team reminds me of Chelsea, with a typically English game. They push high up, looking for the slightest mistake in midfield, and have attackers who are very dangerous. They are very good at stealing possession in the opposition half.”

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