Football-Barcelona needed a beating to grow, says Xavi

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez said his team needed to put their Champions League disappointment behind them as soon as possible and focus on improving their game to compete for the LaLiga and Europa League titles. The coach made no apologies after Barcelona’s 3-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich in Group C on Wednesday, a game they played knowing they had already been knocked out after Inter’s 4-0 win over Viktoria Plzen earlier in the match. day.

Barcelona have won just one of their five matches in the group and will continue in the second division of the Europa League after finishing third in their group for the second year in a row. “This is our reality and we have to face it. Maybe what we needed was to be spanked to grow,” Xavi Hernandez told a news conference at Camp Nou.

“Today it was already over, too late to do anything. The main reason we ended up in this situation was because of our own mistakes in the previous games, we were not effective up front. “We are going with a really bad feeling outwards. but we need to reset and reconnect to fight for the other remaining trophies.”

The defeat was another blow to Barca after they lost the LaLiga lead last week thanks to a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in ‘El Clasico’. That came after a 3-3 draw with Inter Milan, which put them on the brink of Champions League elimination.

“That game against Inter was the one that hit me the hardest, then we lost control of our own destiny and I thought it was really cruel to our team,” said Xavi. “But we have to stick together, our fans were great tonight, it was great to see more than 85,000 at Camp Nou supporting us to the end. Too bad we didn’t show up on the pitch.”

“There are other tournaments to play. It’s a hard blow, but we have to be self-critical to win those titles.”

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