A dreamer Xavi reveals his great ambition in the Champions League: Why can’t we win this competition?

A dreamer Xavi reveals his great ambition in the Champions League: Why can’t we win this competition?

Xavi Hernandez

The coach of Barcelona, Xavi Hernández, faces the current edition of the Champions League with the dream of lifting the title and the promise to “compete” to at least qualify for the round of 16 of the competition.

The main objective is to pass the group stage. Compete and qualify for the Round of 16. Dreaming is free. Why can’t we win this competition?“, Said the Egarense coach at the press conference prior to this Wednesday’s European debut (9:00 p.m.) against Viktoria Pilsen.

In any case, Xavi urged his players to “have a lot of humility” to face a competition that, as he recalled, Barça has not won since 2015.

The first acid test for his team will be the Czech Viktoria Pilsena rival that the coach of the Barça team described as “cheating”, “complicated” and “physical” in a group in which, predictably, Barça will play the classification with Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

In this sense, admitted that against the Czech team he will rotate after the victory against Sevilla (0-3) and stressed that “it is essential to start well and tie up the three points at home” before the games that his team will have to face against Bayern and Inter.

The player who will surely not make his debut in the ‘Champions’ will be Miralem Pjanic, who has not trained with his teammates while waiting to finalize his departure from the Barça club.

“He was a player who could help us, but he has decided to leave, look for more minutes and more opportunities. He has been a great professional”, Xavi highlighted about the Bosnian footballer.

Nor will Marcos Alonso and Héctor Bellerín be at his disposal, who for the coach “need a little more physical baggage” in the next training sessions, although it is expected that they will be available for the next league match.

In the last game against Sevilla, Barça created danger on the counterattack. Asked if his team is more similar to the football played by Luis Enrique with Barcelona than Pep Guardiola’s, Xavi reflected that In soccer, the objective “is to generate superiorities to create spaces” and score goals.

“Now in modern football they put more pressure on you, there is more space than then and we have to take advantage of that. Is this Barça DNA? Of course, it is to take advantage of spaces. If the rival gives you space, we will not go back, ”he argued.

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