Cesc Fabregas tells Jose Mourinho to ‘shut up’ after Barcelona win against City
Mourinho claimed Barca were the ‘worst team in many years’
February 20th, 2014
Barcelona are close to reaching the Champions League quarter finals after a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, with Lionel Messi and Dani Alves scoring the goals that downed a Manchester City team who have been largely free-scoring this term.
Before the match, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had waded into the debate about Barcelona’s form this season, claiming it was the worst Barca side for many years, although Cesc Fabregas reckons that this latest victory has done enough to silence the former Real Madrid boss.
“He should talk about Chelsea and their tie [with Galatasaray]. I don’t think he should talk about anything else. It is not his business,” said Fábregas. “If we have to get motivated by Mourinho’s comments we shouldn’t play football.”
While Vincent Kompany claimed after the match that Barca were “there for the taking”, the evidence suggested otherwise, with the Spanish champions dominating possession even before City were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Martin Demichelis.
Fábregas said: “It was about controlling the game. We know they are good on the counter and when they play offensive football they play it very well. They know what they have to do, we controlled them very well and we did not let their fans get behind their team. We minimised all their efforts. It was a very complete game.
“When you have players like Leo, Xavi, Andres [Iniesta] – you can beat them but not if you can’t take the ball away from them. We did that very well – we did not let City have the ball. If you do not have the ball, you can’t create chances. We have to be very proud.
“We knew [City] have scored a lot. I watch the Premier League every week and they have been very superior to all these sides when they have played [at home] – so it is normal everyone gets excited [over this win]. Especially in a nice competition like the Champions League. We knew what we had to do and did it very well.”