Cesc Fabregas has denied the reports of him not happy after being called back into the dugout by the Barcelona manager towards the end of the game against Levante.

Fabregas had started that match and was looking in fine touch. It seemed he would play the entire game, but, surprisingly, Gerardo Martino who is in charge at Barcelona at the moment decided to take him off with about 17 minutes remaining.

The expressions that Fabregas gave while leaving the field suggested that he didn’t like that decision of the manager at all, but, later on while talking to the reporters, the midfielder made it clear that his expressions had nothing to do with the manager’s decision. He made that sort of face because he was frustrated with the game situation.

Barcelona couldn’t get the desired outcome in that game as it was a draw, but, despite that, they didn’t come down in the La Liga table. They are still at no. 1 because of their better goal differential than their closest rival Atletico Madrid.

In an interview yesterday, when Fabregas was asked if he was unhappy to be replaced in that Levante game, he said, “No, I was not. I was actually frustrated because we were not being able to take the lead. We had been getting opportunities, but, not grabbing them and that’s what made me react like that. As far as the manager’s decision is concerned, I was alright with it.”

“I would say the luck didn’t favour us in the game. But, that happens sometimes. You have days like these. We’ve got to leave it behind and move on.”

Barcelona’s next game is against the same opposition a couple of days later. That would be a Copa Del Rey encounter though.