Cesc: It was Messi out there

Gird your loins fellow fans for the fall-out from the horror show at home to the Mancs continues in this morning’s papers and it seems Cesc Fabregas has plenty to say about the 3-1 mauling.
Despite hoping to immerse myself in fulsome coverage of the phalanx of players recruited on deadline day, all I can offer is the warmed-up leftovers from the capitulation at the Emirates on Sunday.
In the Mirror Barca-bound Cesc says: “When you find yourself, two, three nil down, it’s difficult. Even Lionel Messi would struggle to do anything.We have to be positive. It’s very easy to say ’we lost to Manchester United’ and to get down. That would be crazy.
“We have to be strong and be together more than ever and do our best until the end of the season. I really don’t care what people think it’s all about us and we believe until the end of the season It’s up to us to show what we can do.
“It’s difficult. We have to bounce back straightaway. We have massive games next against Chelsea away and Liverpool at home.It’s never a good time to play Chelsea whether you are nine points clear or nine points behind. They are a strong side and have been playing together for a long time.
“We have to beat them to stay in the title race. If you don’t believe you don’t win things. We are still there definitely. I am always realistic. I’m not going to lie to myself. Chelsea were better than us, Manchester United have been better than us. It’s something we have to think about and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
AW gets his say in the Mail, which reminds us that we will slip 11 points behind Chelsea if Ancelotti’s Premier League leaders win at Hull tonight and again on Sunday.
It adds that we have taken just three points from four games against their traditional top-four rivals this season.
AW said: ‘I always felt that the games against the rest of the top four would determine the league but last year Manchester United proved me wrong on that. ‘They won the title taking just five points from those six games.’
Andrey Arshavin, who surely must be practising his shooting at training today, says in the Sun. He said: “It’s getting harder to believe we can win first place after such defeats. I divide the games with Aston Villa, Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool into two parts – the first part has been held, there are still two more games, I hope we will conduct them better.”
So Chelsea await on Sunday and Carlo Ancelotti believes that Chelsea could knock us out of the Premier League title race. As mentioned, a win tonight for the Chavs followed by a win over us and an 11-point gap with just 14 league matches left.
“It is a big gap,” said Ancelotti in the Telegraph. “If we win the game, we have the possibility to win against them on Sunday. If this happens then Arsenal has to run for third place.”

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