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Ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, Cesc Fabregas has revealed he will put his close friendship with Lionel Messi to one side as he looks to help Chelsea progress to the quarter-finals.

Fabregas told Marca: “If I am lucky enough to play, we are positioned in nearby areas of the pitch. Stopping him will be difficult but I will do everything possible so that he feels uncomfortable and can’t put together a perfect performance.

“I see him as a rival who wants to win, and I want the same thing. We are in different teams and each player wants what is best for their own club. Obviously, you always have respect for each other.

“It doesn’t bother me to play against my previous club or old friends, it motivates me. I did it with Arsenal and now with Chelsea, I’ve felt pretty good on both occasions.

“Nobody should doubt that I want the best for my current club. In fact, it gives me extra motivation.”

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