Chelsea beat defending champion Barcelona, 1-0, in their much-anticipated Champions League showdown Wednesday on an outstanding individual effort by Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was
in no mood to be boastful, despite the win against the club that the
Blues have faced in two emotionally charges series the last two years.
Third-string goalkeeper Hilario
was forced into action because of head injuries to Chelsea's top two
in last weekend's EPL match at Reading -- including a skull fracture to
Czech Republic keeper Petr Cech,
who is likely to be sidelined for several
months. An employee of Chelsea Pitch Owners, an affiliated Chelsea
association, was killed on Tuesday when she was struck by a truck while
riding her bike to work.
"The week was difficult, the game was difficult but every individual
played well and as a team we played well," Mourinho said.
The loss was Barcelona's first in 16 matches in the competition since
losing to Chelsea in March 2005.
Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Valencia all won their third straight games
as the Champions League group
phase reached the halfway stage. Bastian
Schweinsteiger scored from long range for Bayern in the 19th
minute but was sent off early in the second half for a second yellow
card. Valencia beat Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine, 2-0, thanks to two
first-half goals by David Villa.
Chelsea 1 (Drogba 47) Barcelona 0.
Werder Bremen 2 (Naldo 45,
Diego 73) Levski Sofia 0.
Sporting Lisbon 0 Bayern Munich 1
Inter Milan 2 (Cruz 2, 9) Spartak Moscow 1 (Pavlyuchenko 54).
Bordeaux 0 Liverpool 1 (Crouch
Galatasaray 1 (Ilic 19) PSV 2 (Kromkamp 59, Kone 72).
Valencia 2 (Villa 31, 45) Shakhtar Donetsk 0.
Olympiakos 0 Roma 1 (Perrotta