Jose Mourinho has ramped up the pressure on Barcelona after launching a stinging attack on the Catalans ahead of their trip to Manchester City.

The Chelsea boss, who saw his side lose at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup over the weekend, claims the current Barca crop are the worst for 'many, many years'.

While Gerardo Martino's men haven't drawn clear in La Liga - enduring a three-way battle for the title with Real and Atletico Madrid - they still possess one of the most-revered squads on the continent.

They travelled to Manchester on Monday morning ahead of the Champions League last-16 first leg. Despite surrendering their European crown to Bayern Munch last season, they are still considered favourites to win it in Lisbon.

'Of course by history Barcelona is the favourite, but this Barcelona, this season, is showing that it is not the same in previous years,' Mourinho told ITV. 'Of course they have (Lionel) Messi, he is special, and they have more than him.