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Fabregas: Barca will miss Xavi

23 September 2012 12:03

Cesc Fabregas says he cannot imagine Barcelona being the same without Xavi after the veteran midfielder's match-winning turn on Saturday.

Barca were struggling to surpass Granada until the 32-year-old came off the bench to score the opener in their 2-0 win with just three minutes left on the clock.

Fabregas, who returned to the Liga giants last summer having left for Arsenal in 2006, believes the Spain international is irreplaceable at Camp Nou.

“I cannot imagine Barca without Xavi," he told reporters after the match. "Someday he will (no longer be here) as with all players ever but he is a fantastic player.

"He has spent decades here at the club and is the most capped player in the club's history."

Although Tito Vilanova’s men did not make the league clash easy for themselves - with a late own-goal swelling the scoreline in stoppage time - Fabregas insisted the team are pleased with their form regardless.

"It was difficult to defend well," the former Arsenal captain added. "We finished the game with professionalism and with patience, and we are very happy.

"We have struggled a little bit in some games, but the feelings are good."

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2 - 0

Competition
Primera División
Date
22 September 2012
Game week
5
Kick-off
22:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
65834

Goals

Xavi 87'  
1 - 0
Borja Gómez (OG) 90'+2  
2 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
17
6 87'
37
13
15
18
28
# Player Bookings
9
21
10
5
12
13
23

Friday 29 August

Thursday 28 August

23:51
23:35
23:26
23:00
22:54
22:53
22:41
22:41
22:32
22:17
22:01
22:01
21:53
21:35
20:55
20:43
20:33
19:51
19:41
19:33
19:19
19:15
19:10
18:38
17:44
17:34
17:21
17:20
17:00
16:59
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14:07
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13:58
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12:37
12:26
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11:44
11:13
10:56
10:41
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10:11
07:51
07:21
06:58
06:34
05:00
04:33
04:03
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02:46
01:34
00:13
00:12

Wednesday 27 August

23:32
23:28
23:09
23:07
23:02
22:57
22:57
22:43
22:42
22:38
22:00
20:17
20:04
19:42
19:27
19:01
18:40
18:38
18:23
18:20
17:57
17:14
16:46
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16:39
16:14
15:44
14:59
14:32
14:11
13:39
13:06
12:56
12:42
11:32
11:24
10:40
09:49
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08:33
06:57
06:46
04:50
02:49
02:44
01:39
01:35
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00:07
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00:01

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +3 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +2 3
4 1 +2 3
5 1 +1 3

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