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The Blues overcome Barcelona

'MAGNIFICENT' Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho took great pleasure in the result, gleefully reminding the press that last year's tie had gone the same way


Chelsea's Didier Drogba celebrates after scoring against Barcelona during a Champions League match at the Stamford Bridge ground in London on Wednesday.


Chelsea maintained their 100 percent record in this season's Champions League Wednesday with a 1-0 defeat of defending champions Barcelona in a Group A match at Stamford Bridge.

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba scored the only goal of the game for the English champions early in the second half, firing home an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area.

The result moves the Londoners on to nine points from three games with Barca second on four points, level with Werder Bremen who beat Levski Sofia 2-0.

"I think it was a great victory, not just because of the three points but because of how we got the three points," said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who described his team as "magnificent" and who felt the victory could have been greater against a disappointing Barca side.

"We had many chances to score a second goal," he said. "The last two defeats Barcelona had in the Champions League were against Chelsea."

Ronaldo Naldo opened the scoring for the German Bundesliga leaders Bremen just before the break thanks to a deflected free kick and Diego made it 2-0 with 17 minutes remaining.

Bayern Munich also sit on nine points in Group B after a 1-0 win away to Sporting Lisbon. Bastian Schweinsteiger turned in a mixed performance, putting the visitors in front on 19 minutes before being sent off for a second bookable offense one minute after the restart.

"We were excellent in the first 20 minutes but then we let control of the game slip out of our hands," Bayern coach Felix Magath said.

In the other match in Group B, Inter Milan collected their first points of the campaign with a 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow. Julio Ricardo Cruz scored twice for the Serie A leaders in the first 10 minutes while Roman Pavlyuchenko pulled one back for Spartak.

Liverpool may be showing indifferent form in the English Premiership but a 1-0 win at Girondins Bordeaux thanks to a goal from Peter Crouch sees Rafael Benitez's side top of Group C with seven points.

PSV Eindhoven sit level with the Reds after a 2-1 win away to Turkish side Galatasaray. Sasa Ilic put the home side in front on 19 minutes but second half goals from Jan Kromkamp and Arouna Kone secured the win for the Dutch side.

In Group D, Valencia continue to lead the way with nine points after a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Shakhtar Donetsk thanks to two goals from David Villa. The Ukrainians finished the match with 10 men after Viacheslav Sviderskiy was sent off for a second bookable offense 15 minutes from time.

AS Roma lie second on six points after a 1-0 win away to Olympiakos Piraeus.

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