In the middle of this week, coach Xavi Hernandez’s Barcelona will start its Champions League campaign by welcoming weak opponent Royal Antwerp at Camp Nou’s home field.
The draw results put Barca in an easy group with opponents such as Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Royal Antwerp. Xavi Hernandez and his team are expected to easily win the top spot, thereby creating momentum to advance in Europe’s most prestigious club-level arena. However, speaking to the media, coach Xavi was very modest when talking about the team’s goals.
“The goal is very clear, passed the group stage and ranked first. Then we will start talking again,” the 43-year-old military leader said.
“Last year we had a lot of bad luck in the draws. Bayern and Inter reached the final. This year we have to prove ourselves. It looks easier but tomorrow we will compete.” against the champions of the Belgian National Championship.”
Although he said he would respect all opponents, coach Xavi Hernandez also affirmed that the goal in the opening match at this season’s European Cup is still 3 points.
Barcelona is having a good run in La Liga this season with 4 wins and 1 draw, thereby ranking 2nd, only behind Real Madrid, the team is still winning after 5 rounds. However, Xavi Hernandez and his team are said to be under great pressure in the Champions League. They are forced to reach the quarterfinals to receive bonuses from UEFA, thereby partly solving the club’s financial problems.
Nam Thanh | 21:13 September 18, 2023