Xavi angered by Barcelona UCL exit: ‘This is our reality and it p----- me off’
A UEFA Champions League knockout round without Barcelona?
Anyone holding out hope that the Blaugranas weren’t sinking to new lows -- given their relative highs -- will have a hard time defending their position after Barca was again outclassed by Bayern Munich 3-0 and finished third in its group to join the Europa League.
New manager Xavi Hernandez and defender Ronald Araujo did not mince words about what the loss means to Barca.
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Araujo vowed to fight on in the Europa League to bring home a trophy that could signal the new era at Barcelona is a good one, but he’s clearly quite stung by the group stage exit.
“It’s a damning result and they had chances to make it worse,” Araujo said. “Ultimately, we didn’t not qualify because of this game but because of what we did in the other games. We have to keep on working and hope that good things will come for us soon. ... Our objective now is to win the Europa League. We have to go out to compete and try to win it.”
Barca misses the UCL knockout rounds for the first time in two decades and may not return for some time unless it wins the UEL.
The Blaugranas sit 7th on La Liga’s table, six points back of the top four.
Xavi is fuming.
“They’ve dominated us, we always want to dominate and subdue our rival but it’s been the other way around,” said Xavi via Marca. “We have to demand more of ourselves. We’re Barcelona. This has to be a turning point to change the dynamic and many things. We haven’t competed. This is the Champions League.”
Barcelona visits Osasuna on Sunday before a friendly visit from Boca Juniors. They need to get it together in a hurry, because money is again expected to be scarce in January unless they sell players.