Fabregas calls for Chelsea to improve Champions League form

The 28-year-old made 47 appearances in all competitions last season as the Blues won the Premier League title, and is targeting more glory during the 2015-16 campaign

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says the club must improve in the Champions League next season.

The Spain international was an integral part of the Blues’ Premier League-winning side in 2014-15, but success in Europe has so far eluded him during his career.

Jose Mourinho’s men were eliminated from the competition in disappointing fashion by Paris Saint-Germain last season, and Fabregas has called for Chelsea to challenge this time around.

“I always say that the Champions League was the one disappointment from last season,” he said.

“I gave the team a seven or an eight out of 10 for the year, but to complete a top, top season, we needed to do better in the Champions League.

“Unfortunately we went out in the last 16 on away goals, we didn’t actually lose the game. But we do have to play better in the Champions League this season.”

Fabregas spent three years at Barcelona before moving to Stamford Bridge last June, and will line up against his former club in the final match of Chelsea’s pre-season tour of America on Wednesday.

Lionel Messi and Neymar are being rested by Barca during pre-season, and Fabregas is confident Chelsea have the firepower to compete with the reigning European champions.

“It is nice to play against [Barcelona],” he added. “I spent beautiful years there, some of the most beautiful moments of my career and my life personally as well. It will be great to play against them again.

“I think they are the best team in the world, especially when the front three are on form. I don’t remember a front three in Messi, [Luis] Suarez and Neymar as powerful and talented as those three since I was born. Obviously they are a threat to everybody in the competition again this season.

“We won’t be playing against Messi and Neymar in this game, so we are a bit lucky because of that. But if we want to win Champions Leagues, we have to compete against the best. We will have to do well.”

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