Xavi repeats failure with Barcelona after 21 years


Ali Maali (Dubai)

Barcelona’s loss from Bayern Munich, in the last round of the Champions League “groups”, with three, can be described as a football disaster for “Barca” fans, not just for the sake of farewell to the Champions League, but to the modest level of the ancient Spanish club.
For the first time in 21 years, specifically after 7,700 days, Barcelona were eliminated from the group stage of the Champions League, after the big loss by three against Bayern Munich, to move the great Spanish champion to play in the European League.
And what Xavi was afraid of, the Barcelona coach, happened by repeating the scenario of the 2000-2001 season, when the “Catalan” team bid farewell to the championship from this same stage, and he was at the time a player in the team, occupying third place in Group H with 8 points, behind AC Milan and Leeds United.
Today, the scene is repeated, with Barcelona occupying third place in Group E, with 7 points, behind Bayern (18 points) and Benfica (8 points), turning the team into participating in the European League.
Xavi’s age at the previous exit was 20 years, and Barcelona had a brilliant group of great players at the time, including Brazilian Rivaldo, Spanish duo Luis Enrique and Carlos Puyol, and the current coach was playing alongside Frenchman Emmanuel Petit and Dutchman Philip Coco.
It seems that Bayern Munich has become a big knot for the Spanish team, as the history of the two teams’ confrontations in all competitions says that they have met 13 times. Bayern won 9 confrontations, the Catalan team excelled in two matches and drew in two matches.
The quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2020 witnessed a historic result in the confrontations of Bayern Munich and Barcelona, ​​in which the “Bavarian” team succeeded in sweeping Barcelona with eight goals against two goals, in a result that is the largest in the history of the two teams, and also in the course of the quarter-final confrontations of the tournament.


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