Xavi: Barcelona can beat Bayern in UCL finale

Xavi: Barcelona can beat Bayern in UCL finale

Xavi Hernandez is optimistic Barcelona can beat Bayern Munich subsequent month after a goalless draw with Benfica on Wednesday left their Champions League hopes hanging within the stability.Barca must win on the Allianz Area on Dec. 8 to verify of their place within the final 16 if Benfica safe three factors in Lisbon towards Dynamo Kiev, who’re already assured to complete backside of Group E, on the ultimate matchday.- What each workforce must get out of their UCL group- ESPN+ viewers’ information: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, moreThe final two conferences between Barca and Bayern ended 8-2 and 3-0 within the German facet’s favour, however Xavi says he is seen sufficient in two matches since changing Ronald Koeman to imagine successful in Munich is feasible.”What makes me most optimistic is seeing the workforce taking part in on this means,” Xavi stated in a information convention after the Benfica draw when requested about his facet’s probabilities of progressing within the Champions League.”Taking part in like this we are able to compete with anybody. Seeing what I’ve seen [against Benfica], we are able to go to Munich and win. The constructive information is we nonetheless depend upon ourselves.”Bayern sealed the highest spot within the group on Wednesday as they made it 5 wins from 5 by beating Kiev 2-0. Barca are second on seven factors and Benfica are third on 5 factors.Group EGPWDLGDPTS1 – Bayern5500+16152 – Barca5212-473 – Benfica5122-454 – Dynamo5014-81In the occasion Barca and Benfica end degree, the Portuguese facet would advance with the superior head-to-head document, with the Blaugrana dropping into the Europa League.Barca would have booked their place within the subsequent spherical with a win towards Benfica on Wednesday, however didn’t take advantage of their domination in an entertaining encounter at a rain-drenched Camp Nou.Yusuf Demir hit the bar, Ronald Araujo had a purpose dominated out for offside, Frenkie de Jong had a header saved and Memphis Depay wasted two nice possibilities, however Xavi’s facet had been unable to search out the breakthrough.There was nearly a sting within the tail when Benfica, who additionally had a Nicolas Otamendi purpose disallowed, noticed striker Haris Seferovic miss an open purpose after rounding Marc-Andre ter Stegen in stoppage time.”We had been the higher facet,” insisted Xavi, whose first sport in cost was a 1-0 win over Espanyol final weekend. “It was a superb sport. If we had simply scored one purpose it might have been a terrific sport. Ultimately, it is a level that seems like a lot much less.”Being constructive, I believe we performed nicely. The thought is catching on. We simply lacked that purpose. That is the Barca we would like however we should be extra scientific. That is one purpose in two video games — and that was a penalty.”We’ve got to revive the boldness of the gamers that rating objectives. I am not simply speaking concerning the forwards, both, however the midfielders that arrive from deep as nicely.”New Barcelona supervisor Xavi Hernandez is optimistic his workforce can attain the UCL knockout rounds. Getty ImagesOne plus for Barca on Wednesday was the return of Ousmane Dembele as a second-half substitute. The French ahead is out of contract subsequent summer season, however Xavi hopes he’ll signal a brand new deal.”He modified the dynamic of the sport,” the Barca coach added. “He generates worry within the opponent. He created possibilities. It is a disgrace a purpose did not come from one in all his crosses or photographs.”I’ve spoken with him and he is pleased right here. He took a threat taking part in right this moment as a result of he is not 100%; one other participant would not have achieved that.”There was a threat of a relapse, however he surprises you as an individual. He is completely different from what you suppose. For me, he is an essential participant. If he is on the pitch, issues occur. I hope he renews.”Barca have two league video games earlier than dealing with Bayern, beginning with Saturday’s journey to Villarreal, who misplaced to Manchester United within the Champions League on Wednesday.

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