By FOX Sports Staff
The Argentinean superstar was surprisingly quiet against AC Milan in the Champions League last-16 first leg loss last week. It prompted criticism from the Spanish press that the forward was too one-dimensional of a player.
Furthermore, after the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final, Madrid's Jose Callejon remarked that Messi had insulted Real assistant coach Aitor Karanka and Alvaro Arbeloa, a charge that has been vehemently denied by the Barcelona players.
Messi has not had much to say on the matter and Fabregas announced in the pre-match press conference that his team-mate is not one to reveal his opinions and would be more than happy to respond to his detractors by scoring against Real in the second leg on Tuesday night.
"We are not the type of team that likes to complain to the press," he said. "There are things that have to be said, but we will do our talking on the pitch.
"Leo is the best when it comes to this. He is very strong mentally and physically. What he wants to do is play, enjoy the game and win."
The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu and therefore the Catalan giants can even progress to the cup final with a goalless draw. But Fabregas assured the reporters that there would definitely be goals in the game.
"It is vital to score, we cannot go into the match and wait to see what happens," he said.
"In last year's Copa Clasico return leg, after we had a good result from the away leg, we were nearly eliminated from the competition. Madrid are very dangerous and to go through we will have to play our best football.
Fabregas also believes that his side were the better team in the first leg and should have come away with a win.
"We had our chances to make it 0-2 in Madrid," he continued.
"In the return leg we have to be as effective as possible, because they are very effective. We have to take our chances if we want to get to the final."