Barcelona coach Xavi has denied that he is angry that his team failed to beat Benfica, although a 0-0 draw means they will likely have to beat Bayern Munich away to advance to the knockout stages.
It was the new Barça head coach’s first European match in the lead on Tuesday night, but despite playing some attractive football, they could not score. Things could have been even worse for La Blaugrana even if Haris Seferovic had converted an extremely presentable chance at the death.
❝We have another opportunity … we can win.❞
– Xavi on Barça’s way forward in @ChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/97hG8NYaKE
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 23 November 2021
The point means that Barcelona is second in Group E, two points ahead of Benfica – who play against the basement population Dynamo Kiev in their last match. If the Eagles secure the victory expected of them, a draw will not be enough for Barça to finish second, due to a head-to-head record.
Despite this, after the match, Xavi insisted that he was not frustrated with the result, and also supported his players to get the job done on match day five.
“We wanted the three points, we wanted to get through today, so it’s a shame. I’m not annoyed, I’m not angry because I can not blame anything the players did,” he said.
“They did everything perfectly to win the match, it’s just a shame we did not do it. But we have another opportunity.
“We have to go to Munich and try to win and show that when we play like this we can win. We have another ball in the house that we have to count. We have to keep going and we have to win in Munich.”
Full-time defender Ronald Araujo also spoke to the press, revealing his belief that his side had done well.
“I thought we played a great match. We just missed one goal to complete a perfect match. We wanted three points and to qualify to play at home, with our people, with our fans,” he said.
“But I think the attitude in the team was very good. As I said before, we only missed one goal.”
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