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Xavi ‘sets fire’ to the Barcelona dressing room: he found the culprits of the Champions League debacle

The elimination of FC Barcelona in the group stage of the Champions League It has been a very painful blow for Xavi Hernandez. On his arrival on the Barça bench, the Spanish coach was excited about doing great things. However, the Catalans have been left out of the round of 16 of the European Cup for the first time in two decades. Along these lines, according to the renowned Spanish program El Chiringuito, the former Al-Sadd coach has identified up to five responsible for the Catalan debacle at the Allianz Arena in Munich and his departures in the winter market or at the end of the season.

According to Darío Montenegro, a journalist for El Chiringuito, the Barcelona coach manages a list with the names of players who were not up to the task on Wednesday against Bayern Munich: Frenkie de Jong, Clément Lenglet, Memphis Depay, Marc-André Ter Stegen and Sergiño Dest.

“Xavi is clear about who are to blame for the situation Barça is experiencing after the hard talk he gave at half time. It has several names pointed out as guilty of what Barcelona is going through in sport ”, Montenegro explained in Josep Pedrerol’s program.

Of the aforementioned players, always according to El Chiringuito, Xavi estimates that he can recover De Jong, Dest and Ter Stegen for the final stretch of the season. Your input would be very important for the remainder of the competition. In as much, Depay and Lenglet would have the days counted in Barcelona shop.

Xavi’s fury

The Barcelona coach had already publicly shown his anger at the level of several of his players last Wednesday in Bavaria. The one from Terrasa said at a press conference that the elimination of the Champions League should be a turning point for the Barça team.

“We have not competed. This is the Champions League. But this is our reality. It is the situation we have. We face the situation with dignity. Today begins a new era and a new stage. I’m going pissed off. This is our reality and it fucks me up. You have to face it. There is no other “said the coach of Barcelona.

No round of 16 after 20 years

With the elimination against Bayern Munich, Barcelona has stopped participating in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in two decades. The last time the Catalans did not pass their series was in the 2000-01 season with AC Milan, Leeds United and Besiktas.

At that time, Barcelona started Group H of the Champions League on the right foot, beating the English 4-0 at Camp Nou. The Catalans were unable to repeat the win against Leeds and lost in their next two games to Besiktas (3-0 away) and AC Milan (0-2 at home).

In the rematch match against the Italians, at San Siro, they could barely salvage a point (3-3), a result that began to complicate them.

With four points in the bag, until that moment, and with two games to go, Barcelona achieved equality (1-1) at Elland Road and on the last date they beat Besiktas at home (5-0). However, the bulky result was not enough to qualify for the next round of the Champions League.

With only eight units in the standings, Barcelona had to settle for being third, a position that led them to contest the 2000-01 UEFA Cup. In the aforementioned tournament, which today has been replaced by the Europa League, the ‘Blaugranas’ were eliminated in the semifinals by Liverpool.

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