UCL Xavi reacts to Barcelona’s elimination from the Champions League and drops to the Europa League

After his departure from the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez said the Spanish giants can grow with these setbacks.

Barcelona lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich at Camp Nou on Wednesday, with Sadio Mané, Eric Maxim Choupo-Mouting and Benjamin Pavard all scoring all three of the Bavarians’ goals.

After Inter Milan beat Viktoria Plzen, Barca knew ahead of their game with Bayern that Wednesday’s defeat would knock them out of the Champions League, but have yet to rise to the occasion.

Xavi thanks Barcelona fans and says the club can grow
Despite the defeat, many of the home fans stayed until long after the game was over, demanding that the players and coach return to the field to sing with them.

“Thanks to the fans for their unconditional support,” Xavi told Movistar after the 3-0 defeat. “They’ve shown it since I arrived and the atmosphere was extraordinary again tonight.

“Bayern were better, we can’t complain. It’s the reality for us now. We have to disconnect from the Champions League and focus on other competitions. It’s a blow, but I’ve said that maybe we need these setbacks to grow.

“We weren’t at Bayern’s level today. They were better. In Munich we were ourselves, but today they were better, intense. The elimination before the game affected us psychologically. Now we train again tomorrow and think about La Liga.

“A little bit of everything happened to us in the competition, every possible situation. The main thing was our own mistakes, we weren’t at the level we are capable of and we made mistakes.”

Barcelona will focus on ‘other’ competitions, says Xavi
Despite having a game to play, Barcelona will drop to the Europa League, where they can join Ajax, Juventus, Sevilla and Atlético de Madrid.

“There were a lot of expectations, but we had a difficult group,” added Xavi of Barcelona’s Group C. “All sorts of things happened to us in the group stage. It was cruel to us, but we didn’t compete well today.

“I’ve already said that we have to be united and face the situation head on. We were eliminated from the Champions League, but the season doesn’t end in October. There are other competitions.”

It will be the second consecutive season that the Blaugraunas have been in the competition since the modern era of European club competition and since the departure of Lionel Messi.

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