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Fabregas talks of the lingering influence of English football

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Cesc Fabregas discussed how his years in England continue to affect his style of football in an interview with El Pais on Monday. He makes note of the marked differences between the style of play in Spain and England, while also acknowledging the influence of his years at Arsenal meant there was some adapting which had to be done upon his return to the Camp Nou.

English football is typically defined as all pace and physicality while Spanish football is more technique oriented and tactic based. Fabregas reiterated the notion in the interview, reported by ESPN Soccernet, saying, “A lot of my style is based on that of the Premier League but with a base of La Masia. I have the touch, the peripheral vision, but maybe I also have a certain tendency to arrive into the penalty area more quickly, which is very British.”

Remember Fabregas was a playmaking midfielder in the Arsenal set-up but he now operates mainly as a support striker of sorts. He says the change is something he had to get used to after coming back to Barcelona. “Returning to Barcelona took some work, because I had spent a long time doing other things.”, he said. “I do what the coach asks me - to stretch the pitch, to hold my position, to combine with Leo (Messi) and the winger, to get into the box.”

He draws Santi Cazorla’s case to make his point. The former Malaga man has far more freedom at Arsenal than he had during his time in Spain. The difference is subtle perhaps but Fabregas notes it is vital. He also added the quality of players at Barcelona make it very difficult to earn a starting spot, particulary in his favoured position but maintained that there is plenty to learn from the likes of Xavi, Messi and Iniesta.