The midfielder, who played alongside two of the three forwards prior to joining Chelsea last summer, has praised “powerful” the trio ahead of their pre-season clash
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has lauded Barcelona’s trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar as being the best attacking trident in over 25 years.
Fabregas played alongside Messi and Neymar at Camp Nou prior to returning to the Premier League last summer in a move which helped to financially fuel Barca’s bid for Liverpool striker Suarez.
The trio, nicknamed MSN, went from strength to strength as 2014-15 went on and their goals helped Luis Enrique’s men win the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey in a single season for only the second time in the club’s history.
Messi and Neymar will be absent from Tuesday’s pre-season tie between the Blues and the Catalans due to extended breaks in the aftermath of the Copa America, but Fabregas thinks there has not been a better forward trident in his lifetime.
“It is nice to play against Barcelona,” the 28-year-old told reporters. “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.”
Fabregas also cast a critical eye over Chelsea’s European efforts in 2014-15, in which Chelsea were dumped out of the last 16 by Paris Saint-Germain, and has demanded that Jose Mourinho’s men up their standards this coming campaign.
“I always say that the Champions League was the one disappointment from last season,” the Spain international added.
“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.”