On Wednesday night, Barcelona will host Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Cup. But for Barcelona this game has a lot more meaning that just a regular Super Cup game—it's the game where the Catalan prodigal son, Francesc Fabregas, returns home. It was a long, exhausting transfer saga, but Cesc Fabregas is finally home again.
Cesc probably won't start the match, but he will surely at least make a cameo; after all, what better way for him to debut than at Camp Nou in El Clásico?
Cesc started training with his new Barcelona teammates today and he has claimed to be fully fit; there's no doubt he'll get his debut on Wednesday. Ironically, after endless years of failure in North London, Cesc Fabregas might very well get a trophy in his first match as a Barcelona player.
In the first leg, Barcelona got a somewhat lucky 2-2 draw. Real Madrid were clearly the better team throughout the 90 minutes and Barcelona were a shadow of themselves, but two moments of genius by Lionel Messi and David Villa got the Blaugrana two vital away goals in their only two clear-cut chances.
Despite a very lackluster performance, Barcelona take the advantage (on away goals) to the second leg at Camp Nou. But given both teams' form at this point in the season, Madrid might even be considered slight favorites ahead of the second leg even if Barcelona will be playing at home.
But Barcelona won't just relinquish the advantage they struggled so much to get in the first leg, especially with the added motivation of offering Fabregas a trophy as his homecoming gift.
Unlike in the first leg, Pep Guardiola is likely to feature a lineup a lot closer to Barcelona's strongest. Even so, Real Madrid's much better form at this point in the season means that Barcelona will inevitably have to suffer a lot to get their hands on this trophy, but they've shown that they can do that. They will do everything they can to hold on to their lead and win the 10th Super Cup in the club's history.
Regardless of the result, it will be a night to remember for Barcelona. It will be a night for celebration even if Barcelona do end up losing the Super Cup—not even that could overshadow the much-awaited return home of the prodigal son, Cesc Fabregas. Lifting the trophy in the end would only put the icing on the cake in a memorable night for the club.
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