The victory over Bayern Munich at home remains Barcelona’s sure hope to reach the round of 16 in the Champions League, with another opportunity, but it appears as if it is impossible, which is Dynamo Kiev’s victory over Benfica of Portugal or a draw.
“If we scored a goal, we would be talking about a great match,” the coach said, highlighting Dembele’s impact: “He changed the dynamics of the match.”
Xavi could not hide his disappointment with the result against Benfica, but he was proud of the team’s behavior and play.
Speaking to Movistar+, he said: “We beat Benfica a lot, but we missed setting one goal.
In the streak of the past days, Xavi wanted to be positive and was ambitious in the next round, “The rest of one round and we will win in Munich, we are Barcelona and we will go to Munich to win,” and insisted, “We depend on ourselves and we have to come out in the same spirit and with the same responsibility, regarding the issue of values.” And the situation, I am very satisfied with our match.”
Xavi highlighted the team’s development and how he sees Barcelona increasingly recognizable: “I think Barcelona is what we want, they get the idea. But of course we have to be efficient, in two games we have one goal and a penalty, so we have to be more efficient, it was unfortunate, with a goal it would have been different.”
Xavi also referred to the influence of Ousmane Dembele in the match, as he involved the Frenchman in the last half hour, and the team noted that, “The dynamic of the game has changed with him, and it is unfortunate that some of his passes did not end with a goal, he is a player who makes the difference.”
(Source: Sport newspaper)