Xavi has not lost hope that Barcelona will qualify for the round of 16 of the Champions League

BERLIN: Barcelona manager Xavi has confirmed that he does not lose hope that his team will qualify for the playoffs in Champions League, although he has accepted that his team face an unprecedented challenge to qualify for the round of 16. Barcelona are likely to leave the group stage for the second consecutive season, before facing Bayern Munich on Wednesday. Xavi’s team will not be able to qualify if they lose or if Inter beat Viktoria Plzen, and the team will be eliminated if the two matches end in tie. Barcelona will be aware of their fate before kick-off at Camp Nou, where Inter play Viktoria Plzen early tomorrow, but Xavi insists the result will not affect his squad selection. Today, Tuesday, Xavi stated in press conference: “We will watch the match together in the locker room. Whatever happens, we want to show that we can compete ”. He added: “I decided on the line-up yesterday, Monday, unless there were injuries. This regardless of what happens in Inter’s match. “Due to Barcelona’s dramatic 3/3 draw against Inter two weeks ago, the team must beat Bayern and Plzen and await Inter results. Barcelona he has lost nine of 12 Champions League games to Bayern, who have secured promotion to the round of 16, including the last five games in a row. “It doesn’t take a miracle because we have so little hope,” said Xavi. that our qualification is not just about our results, which makes it an uncomfortable situation. “And he added:” But we know that whatever happens in Milan, we have to face an important match. We have to beat Bayern to prove we can compete at this level “. “Even if there is a faint chance, we mustn’t lose hope,” he said. We have done our duty. This competition is tough for us, but this is the reality we are facing ”. (Exhibition DBA / Statistics)