Manager Xavi Hernandez says that when Barcelona plays Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, the club will want to show everyone that they are better than their rivals from Bayern Munich.
In the Group C game that happened a month ago, Barcelona lost to Bayern by a score of 2-0. However, Xavi said that the score didn’t show how good the team was.
Even though they’ve only won one of their four European games this season, Xavi wants his team to show what they’re really made of at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Xavi said at a news conference on Tuesday, “We have to show ourselves that we are a good team and can compete with the best teams out there, even if we get knocked out of the Champions League.” “We have to prove to ourselves that we are a good team and can compete with the best teams out there.”
Even though Barcelona had more time with the ball and took more shots than Bayern (18 to 13), Bayern scored twice in only four minutes against the flow of play to win.
They are currently in third place with four points, eight points behind group leaders Bayern and three points behind second-placed Inter Milan. They still have two group games to play. Due to their lackluster performance so far in the competition, this puts Barca in danger of being kicked out of the competition early.
In the other game in the group, which will be played on Wednesday, the team with the fewest points, Viktoria Plzen, will come to Inter, which is in last place.
Should Italy win, they would move on to the round of 16 and eliminate Barcelona from the tournament because they had a better record against them. The next round’s game between Bayern and their opponent has already been decided.
“It doesn’t matter how the game in Milan turns out; we must win. Xavi said that to show that we are better than Bayern, “we need to play as if our game is the only one that matters.”
In this month’s El Clasico, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1. This was another loss for Barcelona. The club from Catalonia was also kicked out of the competition after the group stage the year before.
Xavi said that he and his players will watch the Inter game together in the locker room, but he won’t talk to the Viktoria Plzen players before the game.