Cesc Fabregas appeared to aim a swipe at Jose Mourinho following Barcelona’s victory over Manchester City on Tuesday night after the Chelsea manager had made typically acerbic comments about the Catalan club.
Mourinho claimed City were in with a strong chance of progressing to the quarter-final of the Champions League as they had been drawn a Barcelona side who, he claims, are their weakest in ‘many, many years’.
Barcelona responded with a 2-0 triumph at the Etihad Stadium, placing themselves in a position of dominance in the two-legged tie, and Fabregas seemed to bite back at Mourinho in a post-game interview.
“Today was one of those days that everyone was saying Barcelona is not the same Barcelona,” Fabregas told ITV Sport.
“Some people talking a bit too much and, as usual, now they will have to shut up for a few days.”
Lionel Messi provided Barca with the lead, his first goal at a Premier League ground, after Martin Demichelis had earned a red card for conceding a penalty against his compatriot, although the contact looked as though it was made outside the area.
City strived to get some sort of footing in the tie, but a Dani Alves goal in stoppage time all but extinguished their hopes of making the competition’s last eight.