Barcelona don't depend on Messi and Neymar, says Fabregas
Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas has insisted that the team are not overly-reliant on superstar duo Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Messi was ruled out of Sunday night's game against Malaga at La Rosaleda with a thigh injury, while coach Gerardo Martino continued to carefully manage second-half substitute Neymar.
But Barca still managed to take home all three points thanks to a solitary goal from Brazil international Adriano, which Fabregas believes is testament to the Catalans' strength in depth.
"The team does not depend on Messi and Neymar," he told his club's official website. "We’re all important. We all have responsibilities in the team.
"We really had a hard time in the final minutes of the match, but we have to be able to get through the hard times.
"We’re starting a new season, with lots of new things, we have to keep on improving.
"We had a good first half, but it’s true that in the second we lost a bit of intensity.
"We’re still feeling the Super Cup match [against Atlético Madrid in midweek], and it was noticeable, so this was a very, very important victory.
"We could have scored more goals, we had the chances to do so, but we didn’t score and we suffered in the final minutes."
The Spanish champions host Atlético in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday, after Neymar scored his first Barca goal to salvage a 1-1 draw at Vicente Calderon.