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Xavi urges fan support as Barcelona seeks Champions League progression against Porto

Posted : 27 November 2023

Barcelona is set for a pivotal Champions League clash against Porto, with manager Xavi Hernandez emphasizing the significance of fan support in securing qualification for the knockout rounds. Despite a strong start in the tournament, a recent setback against Shakhtar Donetsk has left Barcelona in a precarious position. Xavi expressed the importance of winning the upcoming home game, labeling it a "vital" opportunity to claim the top spot in the group after two years of failing to progress past the group stage.


Acknowledging the recent challenges, including a LaLiga draw against Rayo Vallecano, Xavi remains optimistic about the team's unity and performance. He emphasized the need for continuity in the game and highlighted the comfort players have with the tactical plan. Despite slipping to fourth in the LaLiga table, Xavi is confident in the team's ability to rebound and is rallying for fan support in this critical Champions League encounter.


Xavi also addressed the support he receives from the club's leadership, expressing confidence in his relationship with president Joan Laporta and sporting director Deco. Despite recent poor results, Xavi feels fully backed by the club, citing daily communication with Laporta and Deco, and emphasizing their belief in the project and the team's work ethic.


Barcelona faces challenges on the injury front, with midfielder Gavi sidelined due to an anterior cruciate ligament tear and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen recovering from a back injury. Xavi hopes for Ter Stegen's return for the Porto match and emphasizes the team's need to evaluate his condition in training. The manager acknowledges Porto's strength as a tactically disciplined and aggressive opponent, emphasizing the upcoming test for Barcelona in their quest for Champions League progression.


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