Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has recalled the biggest regret of his entire career.
Cesc Fabregas has revealed Arsenal’s painful defeat to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final is his biggest career regret.
The Monaco midfielder hosted a Twitter Q&A with fans on Saturday afternoon and answered a variety of questions regarding his career.
And when the question of his biggest career regret was put to him, Fabregas replied: “Losing the champions league final in 2006. We deserved to win it.”
Losing the champions league final in 2006. We deserved to win it. https://t.co/70PWGcPb0X
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) June 12, 2021
The Catalan was just a young player fresh off the block when Arsenal reached the final of Europe’s biggest club competition 15 years ago.
Under Arsene Wenger’s guidance, the Gunners won five times in six group games. They nailed some great knockout stage triumphs over Real Madrid, Juventus, and Villarreal without conceding once on route to Paris.
After a lackluster Premier League campaign, Arsenal dared to dream of beating Barcelona. But just as things looked promising, their title chances went in the blink of an eye.
Despite losing goalkeeper Jens Lehmann to a straight red card in the 18th-minute, Sol Campbell headed in a Thierry Henry free-kick to put the 10-man Gunners ahead. But fatigue eventually kicked in. Barcelona’s extra-man advantage paved the way for a second-half comeback.
Two Henrik Larsson assists allowed Eto’o and Julio Belletti to seal Barcelona a 2-1 win and deny Arsenal a chance of European glory.