Xavi declared Barcelona “do not deserve” to development in the Champions League after failing to beat Inter at home on Wednesday.
Robert Lewandowski took his tally to 14 objectives in all competitions this time – only Erling Haaland has scored much more in Europe’s major five leagues – with two late equalisers in a thrilling 3-3 attract against Inter.
The Poland striker to start with levelled soon after Nicolo Barella and Lautaro Martinez place Inter in front pursuing Ousmane Dembele’s opener, in advance of cancelling out Robin Gosens’ 89th-minute strike three minutes later on.
Lewandowski now has five ambitions in his 1st two Champions League game titles for Barca at Camp Nou, even though that intended minimal to Xavi soon after Barca were remaining trailing Inter by a few factors with just two video games to go.
“If you really do not beat Inter at property you really do not deserve to go on,” the Blaugrana head coach advised reporters, with Inter needing just a single earn from their final two games to development and reduce Barca.
“Now it doesn’t rely on us anymore, we do not are worthy of to proceed in the Champions League. It is a tough blow, extremely challenging. The phrase would be cruel.
“If one particular participant or the other would make a oversight as a manager, it is my obligation. I acquire total accountability when my players make errors.
“We experienced to remain centered and in its place we went on the pitch terribly in the second half, but it remains a blunder of the coach.
“In entrance of these amazing supporters, you had to do more. I’m dissatisfied and this competitiveness is cruel to us.”
The stalemate not only signalled the probably conclusion of Barca’s Champions League marketing campaign this period, it also marked the first time in 6 game titles that Inter have avoided defeat at the Blaugrana in the opposition.
Barca veteran Sergio Busquets echoed Xavi’s sentiments, bemoaning the Blaugrana for failing to supply following investing closely in the last transfer window to provide in the likes of Lewandowski and Raphinha.
“A disappointment. It was a difficult team but we experienced to aspire to a lot more soon after all the signings that have been designed,” Busquets stated. “It is not mathematically [impossible] but it is extremely hard.
“We have not been as forceful in the places and that is compensated for in the Champions League. It was heads or tails and it went erroneous for us in that second 50 percent.”
While Barca’s hopes hang on the unlikely scenario of Inter losing towards the two Viktoria Plzen and Bayern Munich, who have already progressed, Xavi should now change his notice to Sunday’s clash with Serious Madrid.
“We think of [Real] Madrid [in Sunday’s] Clasico tomorrow, it will not be quick to get, but we must think of the championship exactly where we want to go on to be first in the standings.
“The year is very long, we have not specified the most effective for our errors and this is cruel. We have to carry on.”