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Xavi has stated managing Barcelona is a “thankless process” however insists his staff are transferring in the best course regardless of being on the verge of a second Champions League group stage exit in as a few years.

Barca will look to bounce again from Wednesday’s 3-3 draw in opposition to Inter Milan, which took their European destiny out of their fingers, once they journey to Actual Madrid for Sunday’s El Clasico.

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Barca and Madrid go into the sport tied on the prime of LaLiga on 22 factors after eight video games, however the stress has elevated on Xavi following the midweek setback in opposition to Inter.

“I perceive it [criticism], I do know the place I’m,” he stated in a information convention on Saturday. “We slipped up after we couldn’t afford to slide up. If there’s one high quality I’ve, it is empathy and I perceive the followers are unhappy and dissatisfied. I’m as nicely.

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“Now we have improved since we took over the staff. When it comes to outcomes, it is a disgrace the dip in opposition to Inter, as a result of we had been doing nicely. However we’re prime of LaLiga, have not misplaced and the season to this point offers me causes to be optimistic.

“Once I do not feel I can present the options, I’ll step apart and go house. I can’t be an issue for Barca. However in the intervening time, I’m optimistic. It is early within the undertaking and we’re on the best path.

“Being Barca coach is a thankless process. It is higher to be a participant than a coach right here, particularly forward of video games like Sunday’s. I’ve advised the gamers that. These are the video games to step up in, for gamers and coaches.”

Xavi changed Ronald Koeman as Barca coach final November and was given over €150 million to spend on bettering the squad in the summertime by president Joan Laporta, who stated on Friday he maintains religion in his coach.

“[That he has] full confidence [in the coaching staff], that there’s nonetheless an extended solution to go and that now we have competed in Europe,” Xavi added when requested what Laporta had advised him once they spoke after the Inter sport.

“The president could be very optimistic, he at all times offers you wings. The Champions League is being merciless to us, however we won’t stray from the trail, we’re doing nicely and now we have to observe this job by means of.”

Barca received 4-0 the final time they confronted Madrid on the Bernabeu earlier this yr, however they’ve defensive issues going into this weekend’s fixture.

Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen and Hector Bellerin are all injured, however Xavi says Jules Kounde is “100% match” and able to play once more.

Kounde is of course a centre-back however has performed at right-back this season and might be picked there on Sunday to attempt to maintain Vinicius Jr. quiet.

“There are alternatives [to deal with Vinicius] and we’ll resolve on Sunday,” Xavi stated. “But it surely’s not nearly Vinicius, it is [Karim] Benzema, [Fede] Valverde, Rodrygo, the midfield… It is an enormous sport and Madrid are an amazing staff with a powerful block. It isn’t about stopping Vinicius however stopping Madrid as a collective.

“The Clasico is a superb alternative for us. It is a very important sport for each groups. We need to strengthen our grip on prime spot. It is a problem and an opportunity to alter chip.

“Seasons are graded once they end, though [results in the Champions League] haven’t been good in any respect. We do not like the frustration we’re feeling however I’m nonetheless optimistic. The staff is determined to win issues this season. Now we have to maintain working laborious, it is the one path to success.”

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