Xavi jumped out of dugout, pointed wildly, and talked to his players – but that didn’t help.
“It’s a painful defeat. We are angry, upset and sad,” the 41-year-old said dejectedly. “We missed the opportunity. (to go up in the table; editor’s note)Because we made a mistake against a direct competitor.”
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This error occurred in the 79th minute, when the Blaugrana moved too far and then encountered a counterattack by the guests. Juanmi gratefully accepted the hosts’ invitation and dried up in front of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Instead of climbing to one point in the table with the Andalusians, who are currently in third place with 30 points, Barcelona (23 points) remains in seventh place and thus outside the European positions. The gap in the Champions League standings is currently six points.
The first wave of ecstasy swept away at the moment.
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Jordi Alba said: “It’s a step back, but we have to keep working. Barcelona are always obligated to win – especially at home. We don’t. This season we are also having a hard time winning away from home.” Point.
Football expert Jose Luis Prados von also pins high hopes on a calm future Eurosport in Madrid Not.
“Obviously Barcelona’s main problem is the attack. The many failures in the storm have a huge impact, which Xavi’s predecessor Ronald Koeman had to contend with, and who was unable to find a solution to this problem. It remains to be seen if Xavi finds the solution it could be Guardiola.” The new or the new crif, but he does not have the players to achieve more this season,” the expert said.
Barcelona coach Xavi during the match against Espanyol Barcelona
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Barcelona threatens the worst situation in Munich
Xavi clearly understands the difficulty of his task in getting Barcelona back to the top and ruthlessly put his finger on the wound after Betis’ bankruptcy. “We have to improve a lot of things,” he said.
“In the budget plan, Barcelona calculated that they will reach the quarter-finals of the first division, which means that they will lose around 20 million euros if they are eliminated early. Depending on how far they reach the European League, the loss can be reduced,” said Eurosport expert Prados. However, even if they win the European League, they will earn only 15 million euros.”
Gerard Pique (Barcelona) during the first leg of the Champions League against Bayern Munich
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Xavi optimistic before the “final” against Bayern Munich
Despite the “shock before the final” against Betis, as the Spanish “sport” topped, Xavi was optimistic ahead of the summit on Wednesday evening at the Allianz Arena.
“I can see that the team can go to Munich and win,” he said. “We have no other choice. We have to fight like animals.”
Bayern coach Nagelsmann also spoke forcefully to the Catalans in the pre-match press conference: “They defend more actively and a little higher under Xavi. The counter pressure is also more than when he played under Pep Guardiola. Barcelona is still a very good team with players world-class.”
Now, it’s up to Xavi and his team to prevent the worst case with a sense of accomplishment in Munich and also to evoke similar euphoria when the new coach takes over.
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