[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Tuesday]So Mou, what do you think of Barca now? After Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho called the current Barcelona team the worst he has seen in years, it went out and beat Manchester City, 2-0, at the Etihad Stadium -- the same score City beat Chelsea Saturday in the FA Cup -- to all but assure its place in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. In Tuesday's other game, an inspired Zlatan Ibrahomivic scored twice to lead Paris St. Germain to a 4-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen.
The game at the Etihad Stadium turned in the 54th minute on a play involving two Argentines. Lionel Messi was tripped in the penalty area by Martin Demichelis, resulting in a red card for the Man. City defender a red card and a penalty kick Messi converted.
Brazilian Dani Alves' late goal added to Barca's lead, giving the Catalan club a win it richly deserved.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas urges caution before anyone proclaims Barca a title favorite to win its fifth European crown.
"People have been saying this is not the same Barcelona of previous years but we've got a great a result tonight and we've proved a point to some people," he said. "We are not there yet, though. They are a good team and we still have to work hard to get through."
BAYER LEVERKUSEN-PARIS ST. GERMAIN.Ibra scored from the penalty spot and on a long-range blast, giving him 10 Champions League goals this season, while Frenchmen Blaise Matuidi and Yohan Cabayeadded goals in a dominating PSG performance against outmatched Leverkusen.