Barcelona manager Xavi has denied he is angry that his side failed to beat Benfica, even though the 0-0 draw means they must likely beat Bayern Munich away to progress to the knockout stages.
It was the new Barça head coach’s first European game in charge on Tuesday night but despite playing some attractive football, they could not score. Things could have been even worse for La Blaugrana too if Haris Seferovic had converted an extremely presentable chance at the death.
The point means Barcelona are second in Group E, two points ahead of Benfica – who play basement-dwellers Dynamo Kyiv in their final game. If the Eagles secure the victory that is expected of them, a draw will not be enough for Barça to clinch second, due to head-to-head record.
Despite this, after the game Xavi insisted that he was not frustrated by the result, also backing his players to get the job done on matchday five.
“We wanted the three points, we wanted to get through today, so it’s a pity. I’m not annoyed, I’m not angry because I can’t reproach anything the players did,” he said.
“They did everything perfectly to have won the game, it’s just a pity that we didn’t.But we have another opportunity.
“We’ve got to go to Munich and try and win and show that playing like this we can win. We’ve got another bullet in the chamber that we have to make count. We have to keep going and we have to win in Munich.”
At full-time defender Ronald Araujo also spoke to the press, revealing his belief that his side had done well.
“I thought we played a great game. We only missed a goal to complete a perfect game. We wanted the three points and to qualify playing at home, with our people, with our fans,” he said.
“But I think the attitude of the team was very good. As I say before, we only missed a goal.”
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