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Catalan media ridicules Barcelona

Posted : 14 December 2023

Barcelona, despite securing a place in the Champions League Round of 16, faced criticism from local Catalan media following a disappointing 3-2 loss to Antwerp. The media, mockingly referring to Barcelona as a "ridiculous lead," questioned the coaching abilities of Xavi. Xavi, finishing the group stage with the highest loss percentage among Barcelona managers in the Champions League, remained optimistic and stressed the team's unity amid tough times.

Star player Robert Lewandowski also faced scrutiny for recording a single goal in 376 minutes, marking a career-worst performance. Xavi acknowledged the need for improvement, citing the heavy pressure associated with Barcelona. He emphasized the upcoming league matches, particularly the clash against Valencia, as crucial to changing the team's fortunes. Despite external challenges, Xavi expressed confidence in his coaching ability and highlighted the team's achievement of advancing to the Round of 16 from the group stage.

Additionally, Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri expressed a desire to face Barcelona in the final eight, suggesting a perception of Barcelona's decline in deterrence. The coach recognized the tough journey but stressed the importance of being content with the achieved goal despite a subpar performance in the recent match.



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