Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

Cesc hopes win 'shuts up' Barca critics

February 18, 2014
By ESPN staff

Cesc Fabregas has hit back at Jose Mourinho after the Chelsea manager said Manchester City would be facing "the worst Barcelona of many, many years" in the Champions League.

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Former Real Madrid boss Mourinho believed City would have a chance of knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League, but the Premier League club face a tough task to reach the last eight after they suffered a 2-0 first-leg loss at the Etihad.

Mourinho does not have the best of relationships with Barcelona, as he worked under the late Sir Bobby Robson at the club and is always considered the "translator" by fans of the Catalan club.

Speaking after the victory for Barcelona, Fabregas responded to the recent criticism of his boyhood club. "We had a great result tonight. The fans put so much pressure on and that's what makes this so win special. We had a point to prove, and we did it very well," he told ITV.

"Some people were talking a bit too much before the game and now they have to shut up for a few days. You never know in football, but in three weeks we will have to play very, very well."

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