Xavi lets loose against the press


By: Manu Tournoux

Building on Barça’s qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Xavi savored his revenge.

Barça will be there for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Beaten 1-0 in the first leg, the Catalan club overthrew Naples at the Camp Nou thanks to a 3-1 victory synonymous with qualification.

Highly criticized after the first leg, Xavi took the opportunity to settle his scores. “There is too much pressure on the players. Today it was like a coin toss, an ultimatum, a coin toss. I told my players to relax, that no one was going to die. There was a lot of unfair criticism, we were called ‘Champions League clown’. Journalists who represent and are Barça. And now what do we do with the clown of the Champions League? “, he thundered at a press conference.

The Catalan technician nonetheless relished this qualification. “We had to be better than Napoli and we were. It’s a very deserved qualification, we can be proud. This is one of my best moments as Barça coach,” he also underlined, ensuring that this qualification in no way changed his decision to leave his position at the end of the season: “As we speak, nothing has changed. If we had lost you would surely have written that I was on the street.

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