Cesc Fabregas showed why Barcelona cannot afford to let him go

Placed on a podium by coach Gerardo Martino, Cesc Fabregas was directly involved in five of Barcelona's seven goals in their opening La Liga fixture.

updated: August 21, 2013 23:30 IST
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After a summer of interest (and two bids) from Manchester United, Cesc Fabregas took just three minutes of the new season to show why Barcelona would be mad to let him go. Latching on to a pass from Xavi, Fabregas was through on goal. He could have scored himself but unselfishly squared the ball to an unmarked Alexis Sanchez to tap home as Barcelona would begin their 7-0 rout of Levante.

Ten minutes later, Fabregas, acting as the target-man, chested the ball down for Lionel Messi - who would go on to play a one-two with Pedro and get his name on the score-sheet.

Another ten minutes of tiki-taka passed by when Fabregas was at the receiving end of a defense-splitting pass by Messi. The Spaniard attempted to slide the ball past the keeper, who could only parry the ball to the waiting feet of Dani Alves.

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