Bayern Munich expertly dispatched Barcelona on Wednesday night to end the Catalans' champions league run. (Photo credit: UEFA) Barcelo...
|Bayern Munich expertly dispatched Barcelona on Wednesday night to end the Catalans' champions league run. (Photo credit: UEFA)|
Barcelona were well beaten, maybe as expected on Wednesday night against Bayern Munich and you can’t even feel sorry for them but Xavi Hernandez expects the boys to react going forward.
Gerrard Muller, Leroy Sane and Jamaal Musiala all got on the scoring sheet on the night as Barcelona were dumped out of the champions league race as early as the group stage for the first time since 03/04 season following a horrendous start to the campaign.
Benfica’s 2-0 win ensured the Xavi’s side will continue their European sojourn in the second tier of continental football that is the Europa League and he firmly believes that can spring them back to life after their shock UCL early exit.
"Bayern dominated us," he said. "We always want to dominate but it was the opposite here. We must demand more. We're Barca. This must be a point of inflection to change the dynamic and many more things.
"This is the Champions League, but this is also our reality. It's the situation we're in. I'm angry. This is the reality and it pisses me off. We have to tackle it face on. There's nothing else for it.
"A new era starts today. We start from zero. Our objective is the Champions League, not the Europa League but that is our reality now and we have to try and win it."
"I've seen how tough the reality is," Xavi added. "I hoped we would compete better. Bayern are better. That's the reality. But we're going to work hard and give our all so that this doesn't happen again. It's a feeling of helplessness.
"We have to start to get Barca back where they belong, which is not in the Europa League. This is also a hammer blow for me as a coach. We will work hard to bring Barca back, but we have to change a lot, of course."