VIDEO: Last time when Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez were team-mates

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Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez played together for Barcelona for three years, but from now on the duo will be rivals.

Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez will be rivals in the 2014-15 season, but for three years they were teammates at Barcelona.

While Spain international midfielder Fabregas returned to his former club from Arsenal in the summer of 2011, then Barca coach Pep Guardiola signed Chile international forward Sanchez from Udinese.

The duo were expected to take the Catalan giants to a whole new level, but in the three years they played together at Camp Nou, the club did not have the best of times.

Guardiola stepped down from his position at the end of the 2011-12 campaign, and in the following two years, the Blaugrana had three different coaches (Tito Vilanova, Jordi Roura and Gerardo Martino), eventually ending up with just one La Liga title. Last season, they failed to win anything major.

However, heading into the final game of the La Liga season on May 17, Barca were still in with a chance of winning the title. All they needed to do was pick up all three points against their opponents Atletico Madrid. Any other result at Camp Nou, and the Madrid outfit would be crowned champions.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw and proved enough for Atletico to claim the championship, but not before Sanchez and Fabregas had combined just past the half-hour mark to give the Barca fans hopes of success.

It was former Arsenal captain Fabregas who curled a ball into the Atletico penalty box for Lionel Messi to chest it into the path of an onrushing Sanchez, who fired home his effort from a narrow angle.

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Fabregas was replaced by Xavi on 77 minutes, while his then teammate Sanchez carried on for the rest of the game.

Sanchez and Fabregas were teammates for three years, but now they will be rivals, having joined Arsenal and Chelsea respectively. Football moves on.

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