Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Barca Stomps Villareal 5 - 0

From the Guardian UK:

Cesc Fabregas described playing with Lionel Messi as "awesome" after the World Player of the Year set him up to score for Barcelona against Villareal on his debut in La Liga.

The former Arsenal captain, who returned to his boyhood club earlier this month, raced on to Messi's pass just before half-time, rounded the goalkeeper Diego López and slotted into the empty net to put the champions 2-0 ahead on Monday evening. A recruit at Barça's youth academy at the same time as Fábregas, Messi later added two goals as they strolled to a 5-0 victory.

"It's a pleasure playing with him," Fábregas said. "You know you can give him the ball at any moment and he'll decide the match on his own."

The pair already look to have created a formidable partnership as Barça seek a fourth straight Spanish league title and a third Champions League crown in four years. Fábregas also volleyed a brilliant goal from a Messi assist in the 2-0 European Super Cup win over Porto on Friday.

"Time will tell if I carry on scoring," Fábregas said. "For the moment I have a lot of desire to do things well and I am very happy on the pitch."