He said: "Of course by history Barcelona is the favourite, but this Barcelona, this season, is showing that it is not the same in previous years."
"Of course, they have [Lionel] Messi - he is special - and they have more than him. But I think this is the worst Barcelona of many, many years."
The Portuguese boss’ comments were both bizarre and arguably brilliant. It could have put doubts in the Barcelona players’ minds ahead of the game, and it also could have heaped more pressure on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini to get a positive result against the Catalans.
Following Barcelona’s impressive 2-0 victory, former Gunner Cesc Fabregas certainly let Mourinho know with his subtle hints, saying: “Some people want us to fail and some people have been talking a bit too much. For a few days, they will have to shut up.”
One man however had obviously not heard of the former Real Madrid manager’s claims, as Xavi was caught completely off guard in his interview with Spanish paper AS.
After revising through key moments of the match, Xavi was asked: “Is this the worst Barcelona in many years?”
The Barcelona midfielder, shocked by the question, responded by asking: “Who has said that?”
When hearing it was Jose Mourinho, the Spanish international immediately laughed and said: “Sure man” before laughing again.
He continued: “We are OK, we are leaders in La Liga, we hold an advantage in the Champions League and we are in the Copa Del Rey final”
“At this moment in time we are happy, but we will see at the end of the season.”
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