Cesc Fabregas hails Lionel Messi ahead of Real Madrid clash

Fabregas hails Messi
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Cesc Fabregas says that Lionel Messi will get back to his critics by leading Barcelona to victory over Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has backed his teammate Lionel Messi to lead his side to victory over Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.

The Blaugrana will host the defending Spanish champions at Camp Nou in the second leg of their semi-final tie, having drawn the first leg 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu last month.

"We are not the type of team that likes to complain to the press," he told Barca TV.

"There are things that have to be said, but we will do our talking on the pitch. Leo is the best when it comes to this.

"He is very strong mentally and physically. What he wants to do is play, enjoy the game and win."

Barcelona are currently 12 points clear at the top of the table in La Liga.

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