Xavi said, in comments reported by Marca newspaper: “It would have been a great match if we had scored a goal, but we got a point. We have to be positive, and we have a game left. We have to play to win against Bayern Munich.”
He added, “I think we played well, we lacked scoring, and in two games we scored one goal from a penalty kick. We have to be more efficient.”
He pointed out: “Dembele? I got him involved because the dynamics of the game changed, and when he came in he created chances and made the difference, but it’s a pity that the goal didn’t come from his shot.”
He continued, “We are Barcelona, and we will go to win in Munich and elsewhere. We played a great match against Benfica, despite the goalless draw, satisfied with the behavior of the players.”
Barcelona ranks second in the group with 7 points, behind the leaders Bayern Munich with a full score of “15 points”, while Benfica has 5 points in third place, and Dynamo Kiev has one point at the bottom of the standings.
Xavi – archive photo
While defender Gerard Pique confirmed that the Catalan team will go to Munich “to win”, against Bayern, in order to qualify for the final price of the tournament, without considering the outcome of the other match, after a goalless draw against Benfica on Tuesday evening.
“We created enough chances to score,” Pique told Movistar+ after the 0-0 draw with Benfica. We rely on ourselves knowing that it is difficult, but the team is in good spirits.”
“Wherever he’s going, Barcelona has to win,” he added, noting that “the fans play an important role in trying to change the dynamic, through thick and thin.”
“I’ve never seen the Camp Nou like this before, it’s great and we have to take advantage of it,” Pique added.
For his part, Ronaldo Araujo said, in comments reported by the Spanish newspaper “Marca”, “We played a great match, the situation was very good, and we were able to stop their counter-attacks, but we lacked a goal that would have represented the golden key to qualifying.”
He added, “They were very close to our area, and to Benfica’s credit they did not concede any goal,” adding, “We relied on pressure, we did what the coach asked of us, and we played a good game.”
And he added: “Dembele is a great player, and we know his quality. He is distinguished in individual situations (man to man) and we need wings like him and Ansu Fati.”
He continued, “We feel bitter because we wanted to finalize qualification in our stadium, and we have a chance against Bayern Munich, which is complicated but not impossible.”
He concluded: “I felt some cramps from fatigue, but I am fine, I have not played 90 minutes for two months, and I am happy with the performance and behavior of the team.”
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