Cesc in a precarious position. by Paul
Ex AFC captain Cesc Fabregas finds himself in a precarious position since the appointment of new coach Tito Vilanova. Having been persuaded to leave AFC & return home, his primary suitor – Pep Guardiola – is now gone & one has to question how secure is Cesc’s place in new coach Vilanova’s plans. Rumors have already surfaced that Cesc’s recent form – or lack thereof – in Barca’s first three games has not done much to further his cause with Vilanova. (Although, I must that the source of these rumors a Madrid newspaper ‘Marca’ is anything but trustworthy.)
An in-form Cesc is one of the best midfielders in the world, but he finds himself competing with three of the best midfielders in the modern game. With Xavi, Iniesta & Messi finding their form easily, it’s not going to be an easy ride at the Camp Nou for Cesc to say the least. But, the “where to play Cesc riddle” was already on all our minds when Cesc left.
So what’s changed?
For starters, Pep is gone & his replacement Vilanova – although heavily punted by Barca FC as an experienced La Masia disciple – has never actually played in a Barca first team like his predecessor Pep. Coincidently, Pep & Vilanova’s careers started at the same time in the Barca junior ranks, but Pep went on to play & win titles with the Barca first team under the tutelage of the legendary Barcelona coach Johann Cruyff who is credited with the creation of the famous Barca system of ‘tiki-taka’ football, while Vilanova, well he left after failing to break into the first team. That missing step or ‘lack of’ the Cruyff experience leads one to the questions: does Vilanova fully understand the ebb & flow of the Barca system? Or is he merely pretending to understand the inner workings of the Barca system?
In reality it is easier for Vilanova to rather just bench Cesc than to try & re-arrange an already successful system. Should Barca fail under Vilanova, what would Vilanova do? Would he be as courteous as Pep & exit while taking the blame? Or will Vilanova stay & blame the players & wield the axe, with the unlucky candidates being the bench warmers & underperformers. Ultimately if the latter prevails Cesc will not enjoy the protection of his primary suitor ‘Pep’. And as they say, he may find himself on shaky ground with an important question to answer: Should I go or should I stay??
Written by Paul Nefdt