Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has come under criticism from the Barcelona fans on several occasions this season. He has been unable to replicate his Arsenal form since his £ 35 million move from the Premier league outfit almost 2 years ago. Fabregas has also been playing much higher up the pitch than he has ever been playing in his career.

Many believe that it has contributed to his poor form at the Camp Nou, as he has found himself consistently on the substitutes bench. He has been overlooked when it comes to the midfield positions, as manager Tito Vilanova has preferred the partnership of Xavi, Sergio Busquets, and Andres Iniesta.

Despite his poor form, Vilanova has come to the support of Fabregas by saying that he has been extremely good for the club. Fabregas was heavily criticised during the 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou. Barcelona suffered an exit from the Champions cup league semi-final after suffering the 7-0 defeat on aggregate. Vilanova has said that Fabregas is a player of great quality and he has recalled how the Spaniard finished as the second-highest scorer for the club last season.

The 25-year-old has managed to score 13 goals in all competitions for Barcelona, while he is viewed as the long-term successor to Xavi.

“Cesc is a player of great quality. It was very difficult for him to come here, but last season he was our second top scorer and this season he’s going the same way again. His performances are very good and I don’t think the majority of people in the stadium the other day focused their displeasure on him. He’s a big asset to the team,” said Vilanova. Barcelona have been knocked out of the cup competitions this season and they can only win the league title.

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