Cesc Fabregas has been interviewed in Marca about this week’s tie against his old club Barcelona.
The midfielder was inevitably asked whether he would celebrate if he scored, and he admitted he would be conflicted.
The 30 year old came through the Barcelona youth system before moving to Arsenal at 16, and later returned to play for the club from the Gunners.
Now he must return to the Nou Camp with Chelsea knowing that his side needs to score to progress.
The tie hangs in the balance at 1-1, but the Blaugrana‘s away goal mean that Antonio Conte’s men need to get on the score-sheet.
Fabregas will be the man they look to to create the goals, but if he nets himself he’s admitted that he’s not sure whether he would celebrate against his old friends.
“Honestly, I haven’t thought about it at all. I’ve only scored two goals this season and it’s been a while since my last goal. There are feelings at such a moment that you can’t predict, I can’t definitively say I won’t celebrate, but it’s unlikely I would. I don’t think I’ll get many chances due to the position I play, what he asks of me is different to others. You never know in football and I hope it can happen, but I haven’t thought about it.”
He has scored for Chelsea against Arsenal, and even for Arsenal against Barcelona, so at least he has some practice in these tricky situations.
Given the way that Barcelona ruthlessly got rid of him to Chelsea a few years ago he probably doesn’t owe them too much loyalty. As much as Messi and co. are his friends, on Wednesday they will also be his opposition.