Xavi Hernandez stated the Champions League has been merciless to Barcelona this season as they face being knocked out within the group levels for the second 12 months operating after failing to beat Inter Milan on Wednesday.
“The Champions League is being merciless to us this season,” Xavi bemoaned in his postgame information convention. “Towards Bayern Munich, we weren’t scientific sufficient. There have been different circumstances in Milan final week, however there isn’t a want to speak about [those refereeing decisions], after which tonight it’s right down to defensive errors.
“Our probabilities of going by way of our very distant now. We can’t lose hope, however the scenario is absolutely troublesome. We now not rely on ourselves and it’s right down to our personal errors.”
Ousmane Dembele had opened the scoring within the fortieth minute in entrance of a raucous residence crowd of 92,302, however targets from Nicolo Barella and Lautaro Martinez turned the sport on its head after the break.
Robert Lewandowski drew Barca stage once more just for Robin Gosens to revive Inter’s lead on the counter-attack. Lewandowski equalised as soon as extra in stoppage time along with his fifth objective within the competitors this season, but it surely was too late for Xavi’s facet.
“Soccer is a recreation of errors and it’s a must to minimise them,” Xavi added. “We did not defend properly. You pay a excessive worth for errors within the Champions League. Errors in defence price us the sport.
“However we’re a group and if the group fails, I additionally fail. If Pique or Busquets or Pedri or Dembele slip up, I do too as a coach. It’s my accountability and I assume that blame.”
Barca didn’t make the final 16 of the Champions League final season for the primary time since 2004. They now face lacking out on the knockout rounds for the second 12 months operating.
Xavi says the frustration and anger are larger this 12 months as a result of, following a summer season of funding within the squad, Barca have the standard to progress additional within the competitors.
“I’m actually disillusioned, unhappy and slightly indignant as properly,” the coach stated. “Final season, the sensation was that we weren’t ok, however this time it has been right down to errors.
“We had the video games in our palms and we let it escape, in Munich above all, but additionally towards Inter tonight. We have now to be self-critical, too, it has been right down to our errors.
“Final 12 months, possibly we weren’t ok, we weren’t on the required stage. This fashion it hurts extra.”
Barca had 25 photographs and 62% possession towards Inter, however Xavi stated his gamers must mature within the ultimate third.
“I agree we have to make higher choices,” he stated when requested about Dembele. “And never simply Ousmane, once we get into ultimate third, all of us need to make higher choices, It is about footballing maturity.
“Gavi and Pedri are very younger, however they make fairly good choices. Ousmane struggled extra [tonight]. I’ve lots of confidence in Ousmane, however generally he chooses badly. He stretches the pitch, he is quick and now we have lots of confidence in him.”