Before the duel in the Europa League quarter-finals with Eintracht Frankfurt, Barcelona was excellent in shape, did not lose 15 times in a row. The Catalans were also the clear favorite against the Hesse – and lost after a 1-1 in the first leg at home with 2: 3 against a Bundesliga club that plays unleashed.
With the Europa League, the last title chance this year was g1. A defeat that should leave traces sustainably, as is currently evident. In addition to a 1-0 in San Sebastian, there were two 0-1 home defeats against Cadiz (17th place) and Rayo Vallecano (11th place). Three bankruptcies in the time -honored Camp Nou in one season in a series like now under Xavi, that had never been done before.
“Xavi writes history,” it said in the Madrider Sportblatt AS, but “against his will”. Like a “disaster”, the latest home bankruptcy on Sunday was against Rayo, the Catalan sheet of sports was titled. So the wind around FC Barcelona turned within a few days. “We ended up on the ground of the facts,” Xavi also stated after weeks.
“Five final games” for Barcelona
“I am angry and disappointed because we had a golden opportunity,” said the former world-class middle field man. With this mistake, Barça put on the match ball to the rival Real Madrid, because the royal can be against Espanyol Barcelona Spanish champion on Saturday, a draw would be enough for currently 15 points.
And what about the Catalans? “We complicated the situation,” said Xav **** i. The Catalans have “five evenings” in the fight for the Champions League. However, the starting position looks quite comfortable there, because there is five gaming days before the end of the season Barcelona has six points lead in place five. “We have to motivate ourselves and improve a lot,” says Xavi. Of course, it is also clear that the qualification for the Champions League is the absolute minimal goal. The season is already screwed up for the proud FC Barcelona without title. “If you win, everything is wonderful. But these are the moments when personality shows,” the coach now also takes on the team.