Xavi: We can't allow the Europa League to be Barça's reality

The Barcelona coach was "pissed off" to drop out of the Champions League on Wednesday

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Jordi Gil

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez came across as deeply affected by his side's defeat to Bayern Munich as they were knocked out of the Champions League.

Xavi said he was angry but that it was not time to "start from zero" as he begins his task of rebuilding Barça from the bottom up.

"Bayern were better, we tried to press high, win the ball back, but they dominated," he said. "We wanted to dominate but it was the opposite. That's the harsh reality.

"I have told the players that a new era starts now, that we have to demand more and this game must be a point of inflexion to work together and change the dynamic."

Xavi was hurting because Barça "didn't compete. The Europa League is our reality now and we cannot allow that. We have to go into it with dignity but a new era starts now to get Barça back where they belong, which is not the Europa League."

He added: "I'm angry, I'm really pissed off to be facing this new reality. But there's nothing else for it: start from zero and work hard to take Barça back where they belong, which is not getting knocked out in the Champions League group stages.

"I feel responsible because I thought we could compete better and reality says no. I don't like the word failure, though, if you give your all you don't fail. Now we have to win the Europa League, compete, and see where we go. The objective is to win every trophy."




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