Ipswich 1-0 Arsenal

Fabregas slams ''rugby'' tactics

January 13, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has accused Ipswich of using ''rugby'' tactics and warned the club they will be handed a real football lesson in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final at Emirates Stadium.

Cesc Fabregas looks bitterly disappointed at the final whistle
GettyImagesCesc Fabregas looks bitterly disappointed at the final whistle

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The Tractor Boys - thrashed 7-0 at Chelsea in the FA Cup on Saturday - produced a battling display to secure a narrow 1-0 advantage after a late strike from Tamas Priskin in the first leg at Portman Road.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger labelled his team ''naive'' with ''no spark or creativity", but Fabregas put the blame on the negative tactics of the opposition.

''I don't know it if it is long ball or it is a rugby kick, but it worked for them,'' Fabregas said. ''In England, a lot of teams play like that and it works for them, they create chances like that and it is their football.

''We just have to put the ball on the floor and try to play football, that is what we do. I can only remember two opportunities for them, but it was from a long, long ball because playing football they could not really get behind us or attack us. It is a bit disappointing because I think we were the much better team.

''Credit to them because they played well, but Arsenal made the football, the other team refused to play football, they were lucky to score with a long ball. But it was one of those nights and now we have to make it at the Emirates in two weeks.''

Fabregas added: ''It is a 1-0, and of course we did not want to lose, but it is not a 3-0 or 4-0 so we are confident at home we can make it back. It is not the same to play at Stamford Bridge as it is to come here.

''Here they play in front of their fans, they are more motivated, the pitch is not as good as Stamford Bridge, so they play their game. They know how to do it and did it very well, so credit to them. Now we will see how they cope at the Emirates against us. We are confident we can do it there.''