Xavi after Europe League exit: Frankfurt were better over two games

The Barça coach admitted his side were second best in the tie

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Ferran Correas

Barcelona have been knocked out of the Europa League by Frankfurt, losing 3-2 at Camp Nou on Thursday and 4-3 on aggregate.

Over 25,000 Frankfurt fans made their way into Camp Nou for the game, disappointing coach Xavi Hernandez, who spoke after the game:

The loss: "We didn't know how to attack in the best way. They were good on the counter, got a penalty, then scored a great goal after we lost the ball. The game was blow after blow. We weren't good. We had the ball, but didn't do enough with it. We made mistakes and you pay for them in Europe. We are disappointed because we had high hopes in this competition."

Failure? "No. We tried. We left everything on the pitch. If it is a failure, it will serve to learn from. They were better over the two games, so congratulations to Eintracht."

Away fans in the home end: "The atmosphere did not help at all, that's clear. It affected us and we didn't play well, but that should not serve as an excuse, we also have to congratulate Frankfurt. It was like a final, with the stadium split. It was disappointing. Even our players commented on it. The dressing room wants to know what has happened. We will seek an explanation."

Injuries: "I am worried about getting players back, knowing what Pedri has could be bad news. We have to get people back for Cadiz on Monday."




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