Barca star Xavi backs Bayern Munich to reach Champions League final after 4-0 defeat
Barcelona received a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena on Tuesday night. The defeat has almost ended all hopes of Barcelona reaching the Champions League final. Barcelona midfielder Xavi admits the defeat was the Catalan’s “worst result ever” and that it made entrance into the Champions League final “almost impossible”.
Bayern Munich rampaged over Barcelona in the first-leg to level the Spanish side’s worst defeat in the Champions League. Thomas Mueller drew first blood with a 25th minute header. The game ended 1-0 at half-time with Barcelona edging towards an equalizer, but that was about to change.
A 49th minute strike from Mario Gomez, a 73rd minute strike from Arjen Robben and an 82nd minute strike from Thomas Mueller; took the scoreline to 4-0. The next game might be at Nou Camp, but Barcelona will find it very, very hard to record a comeback against Bayern Munich.
Xavi admits Barcelona were outshone and outplayed on their trip to Germany. The Spaniard also confessed that he expected Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League final.
“It's the worst result ever,” Xavi said. “They were better - and I don't mind saying that. It's almost impossible [to reach the final]. But we must try to, for this club and for everyone.”
Barcelona stars Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi were silenced throughout the game. Lionel Messi, who had picked up an injury against AC Milan in the quarterfinals, admitted he was fully fit for the game.
“It was some days since I played and I didn't feel 100% comfortable but I was not injured, so I could play,” Lionel Messi said.
The Argentinean goalscoring machine admitted Barcelona will to face a difficult time at Nou Camp as well. Lionel Messi claims Barcelona will continue to fight, but qualification for the Champions League final had become improbable now.
“It's 4-0 and it will be difficult because they are a great team,” Lionel Messi added. “But we'll try to score at home and do our best. We must go on. Now we must win La Liga soon.”