Fabregas: We didn’t sacrifice our style
Cesc Fabregas is gutted not to have reached the UEFA Champions League final but pleased Barcelona did not sacrifice their philosophy to get there. The Catalans went into last night's semi-final, second leg on the back of successive defeats, having lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge and then suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to arch-rivals Real Madrid in La Liga.
Barcelona's winless run stretched to three games at Camp Nou as the Blues somehow overcame John Terry's first-half sending off to secure a 2-2 draw and progress to the Munich finale.
Fabregas was disappointed not to defeat the west Londoners given Barça's dominance, but insists they will overcome the disappointment.
"It's a painful way to go out because we were superior," he told the club's official website. "The result in Stamford Bridge is what did us in.
"We played a great game, we dominated and we created a lot of chances. We didn't sacrifice our style. It's painful to be eliminated this way, seeing that we had a lot of chances to score.
"It's a very hard blow. We have to hold our heads high. [Next year] we'll have the chance to do important things."
Fabregas's sentiments were echoed by a number of his Barcelona team-mates on Twitter.
Isaac Cuenca, who set-up Sergio Busquets for the hosts' opening goal, said: "We fought until the end. Fans, I'm very sorry. We'll pick ourselves up with your help."
Andres Iniesta doubled Barcelona's advantage as half-time approached and posted after the match: "It's a difficult and hard moment. We did everything to be in the Munich final, but it wasn't meant to be."
Dani Alves was another to express his disappointment via the social network, adding: "I'd like to thank all the Culés for your support and, at the same time, apologise for what happened. We tried but it wasn't meant to be."