Cesc: I'll improve after 'mental block'
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has promised that he will be back to his best form at the start of the new season after admitting his performances were poor at the end of last term.
Fabregas' last goal of the 2011-12 campaign came on February 8 and he rarely completed 90 minutes for the Catalans towards the end of the season.
His difficulties were mirrored by Barca's failure to retain either their La Liga or Champions League titles - though he did pick up a Copa del Rey winner's medal.
Pep Guardiola's departure and the subsequent appointment of his assistant Tito Vilanova as manager has led many to question whether Barca will again miss out on top honours this year.
However, Fabregas - who impressed for Spain as they won Euro 2012 last month - is confident that he and his team-mates are ready to return to their peak.
"Tito has made it clear that I need to play the way I know,'' Fabregas told Barcelona's official website. "I have to be mobile, look for space, help my team-mates by playing the easy ball.
"I've noticed the difference in the first few games of the pre-season, and how rather than staying static at inside left, I have to be more mobile. Tito Vilanova is a coach with a lot of personality, more than people think. He'll have a lot to offer and we have to help him.
"He'll help because he knows so much about football and we will help by making sacrifices and having the right attitude. If we help each other, we'll have a great year.''
And Fabregas believes pre-season friendlies against Hamburg, Paris St Germain and Manchester United have put them in good stead for the upcoming campaign.
He added: "These three weeks of the pre-season help to make us stronger and we need to fuel ourselves in order to perform better during the season. A good pre-season helps build the fitness to see you thorough to the end''.