Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has praised the role midfield lynchpin Cesc Fabregas played in his side’s 4-1 demolition of Getafe.
The 25-year-old has reportedly has been at odds over his stance regarding remarks made towards the tactics employed by former boss Pep Guardiola, with sources claiming an exit from Camp Nou was a possibility.
Based on the playmaker’s recent efforts, however, everything is well with the former Arsenal star after his displays in the centre wore his opponents thin, according to his coach.
“We came out very well from the beginning, and controlled the game at all times. We might even have scored one more,” Vilanova said.
“Fabregas showed great gusto and played very well.
“It’s really not surprising though, given how well he has trained recently. He enjoyed a really great match alongside Xavi.”
David Villa, who came off the bench to score, lent his voice in unison to his coach.
“Fabregas was euphoric after the game. I suppose that’s why he had that grin on his face,” the Spain international told Radio Catalunya.
Gerard Pique told Canal Plus: “We have a very versatile tactical set-up, with players who can feature in many positions. We may employ different schemes, but always with the same philosophy, to dominate.”
The latest La Liga success ensures Barcelona head off to begin their Champions League campaign on the right note.
“We face the Champions League with high hopes and eagerness. We’ll be leaving for Russia with the intention to win,” veteran midfielder Xavi said.
Puyol’s injury proved to be the only sour note on the night, with the Barcelona captain joining a lengthy injury list including Andres Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez and Jordi Alba.
“We’ll see how bad it is when we conduct more tests tomorrow,” Vilanova added. “He is an important player, and hope he can be back soon.”
The 34-year-old is believed to have strained knee ligaments with an initial prognosis suggesting the recovery could be as long as six weeks.