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Barcelona boss Xavi receives backing from president Laporta

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Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has acquired the backing of membership president Joan Laporta amid the staff’s disappointing Champions League marketing campaign.

Barca face the prospect of being knocked out of the Champions League group stage for a second straight marketing campaign after Wednesday’s 3-3 draw with Inter Milan at Camp Nou.

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Talking forward of Sunday’s league Clasico at Actual Madrid, Laporta stated: “I might inform the followers to maintain believing. We’ve got an excellent staff that has to provide us pleasure. They [the fans] should help Xavi, and we are going to give that help to him.

“Xavi has proven that he’s a person who is aware of the membership and the system completely, aside from being a wonderful individual. Issues will get higher, and he’ll give us many successes.

“We at all times discuss. After the sport I’ve a behavior of speaking to him. [After Wednesday’s game] I noticed him unhappy and damage. Xavi has a advantage that nobody I’ve met has — he at all times sees the constructive aspect. It is one thing I’ve at all times favored.

“I advised him to maneuver ahead, not to consider the Champions League and give attention to LaLiga.”

Not progressing previous the group levels of the Champions League and probably dropping to the Europa League could have monetary repercussions for Barca.

“It can have an effect, but it surely will not be of €30 million or €35m,” Laporta stated. “We have to hold discovering new sponsors and proceed to compete in Europe, which additionally brings in income.”

Laporta admitted he, like many others, had nice expectations for Barca’s Champions League marketing campaign after the membership’s important funding in the summertime switch window.

“I did not count on to be like this at this level,” Laporta stated. “The technical workers and the coach have finished every part to be aggressive.

“The primary purpose is LaLiga because the group stage has develop into very difficult, however I choose to talk when it’s over.”

Regardless of refereeing choices that went towards Barca within the Champions League, Laporta stated the staff solely had themselves in charge.

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“We had a tough group,” Laporta stated. “The staff is the primary to know that Wednesday’s outcome was a disgrace.

“I am unhappy and offended that we did not win regardless of scoring three objectives. We’ve got to vary the mindset and now with LaLiga, we’ve got to maintain combating to be first. We’ve got a squad and a few superb gamers who’ve generated nice expectations.”

Barca are prime of LaLiga, stage on 22 factors with Madrid heading into Sunday’s recreation on the Bernabeu.

“The Champions League has dealt us a low blow, however we’ve got to do the job and focus totally on LaLiga,” Laporta stated.

“All of us had the hope of the Champions League. We’re first in LaLiga and we play on the Bernabeu, which is a recreation we prefer to play.

El Clasico is at all times essential, as a result of whoever wins comes out stronger and whoever loses comes out affected. I hope to be leaders on the finish of the sport. It can additionally serve to see the response capability of the staff. Once we stumble, a very powerful factor is to stand up. We aspire to [win] LaLiga.”

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