Cesc Fabregas wins a trophy three days after leaving Arsenal as he helps old Barcelona trainee Lionel Messi with the winning goal in the 3-2 second leg triumph over Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.
BARCELONA, SPAIN (AUGUST 17, 2011) REUTERS - New signing Cesc Fabregas played a vital role as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 in a fiery Spanish Super Cup second leg on Wednesday (August 18) to secure a 5-4 aggregate Spanish Cup victory.
The midfielder who had just moved from Arsenal to his hometown club, started the move for the winning goal before being hacked by Real Madrid Brazilian defender Marcelo in an incident which degenerated in a general brawl with Madrid's Mesut Ozil and Barca's David Villa also shown the red car.
After the match and celebrations which only finished early on Thursday (August 19), the 24-year-old Spanish World Cup winner Fabregas told of his joy of winning a trophy just three days after
completing his move from England.
"I am really happy but I have to carry on learning more and trying to win more titles," he said.
Fabregas came on as a substitute for Pedro in the 82nd minute, just after Real had equalised at 2-2, and deep into injury, found Lionel Messi free and the Argentinean combined Brazilian substitute defender to score the winning.
For Fabregas, it was like playing with a schoolboy friend.
"I have known Leo (Messi) since I was 13 years old and we already got on well then and that is all thanks to him, everybody gets on well with him. He is the best in the world, I have never played with somebody like him and I think I never will, so I am going to try to have fun and learn from him," he said.
Having only won two trophies in his eight years with Arsenal, the 2004 league title and the 2005 FA Cup, Fabregas has now won his first piece of silverware in a Barca shirt after only three days.
The volley winner was Messi's second goal in the match. The Argentinean also set up Andres Iniesta for the first in the 15th minute, and after Cristiano Ronaldo had quickly levelled, he scampered through to grab the second just before the break.
Barcelona Pep Guardiola fielded the same side that won the Champions League final last May and was once again humble, despite a collection of trophies which also includes the Spanish league title and the Champions League.
"I can only congratulate these players for their way of thinking, for their personality and for how they played. It isn't easy when there is so much intensity and so much pressure and the way they did it against Real Madrid," he said.
The match ended with a mass brawl on the touchline as tempers boiled over after debutant Fabregas was hacked down by Brazilian defender Marcelo and Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil of Barca's David Villa
were also sent off in the melee that followed.
Guardiola prefered to highlight the quality of the football produced by Spain's top two teams in their two-leg affair which started with Barca Darwin 2-2 at Madrid on Sunday (August 14).
"It is the best rival you can find. I mean, if we have such a match, at this level, in the preseason, that says a lot about our players. We've seen some things here from both sides of an enormous level. I imagine that though you can fall out before hand, but I see both sides in the King's Cup and the Champions League, and of course I hope Real Madrid does good in all competitions," he said.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo amd French Karim Benzema scored for Real Madrid and their manager Jose Mourinho saw some progress ahead of the Spanish at the moment on hold because of a players' strike.
"My feeling is that we played two very good games. Very good. Two very complete matches, the whole 90 minutes, not only ten, fifteen minutes. We played very well the four halfs of these matches and for me the team is a better team than it was last year," the Portuguese.
Mourinho, who was shown on the TV transmission pulling someone's ear in the middle of the brawl at the end of the match, tried to play down Barcelona's achievement and ignored the scissors tackle on Fabregas which led to the red card to Marcelo and spaeked the incidents in injury time.
"I was taught to play football like a man not to fall every time there is a (he blows). I can't say we are very happy when we lost the Super Cup, that would be hypocritical, because I am not. We are not happy despite it is a small title, as I said before, the biggest of the summer, the smallest of the season, but I can't say we are happy because we are not," he said.