Barcelona despatched packing from the Champions League
Issues have gone from unhealthy to worse in a tough season for Barcelona because the Spanish giants have crashed out of the Champions League group stage after their 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich on the Allianz Enviornment.
Xavi’s males wanted to hope for a little bit of assist after they clashed with the Bavarian giants tonight with the Bundesliga facet coming in as heavy favorites, however a loss wouldn’t have condemned the Catalan outfit to the Europa League if Benfica didn’t safe a win at residence towards Dynamo Kyiv. The Portuguese facet didn’t comply, nonetheless, and their 2-0 win sealed Barça’s destiny.
The final time Barcelona performed within the Europa League was 2003-04.
Lionel Messi made his debut for Barcelona in 2004-05 and he left 4 months in the past.
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It’s the first time since 2003-04 that Barcelona has been made to finish within the Europa League, with the final time the membership was ousted from the Champions League through the group stage coming 21-years ago at the hands of David O’Leary’s Leeds United in 2000.
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Barça be part of Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, FC Porto, Zenit St.Petersburg, FC Sheriff, Atalanta, and fellow La Liga outfit Sevilla within the drop all the way down to the Europa League knownout stage.
The numbers behind Barça nightmare
Many might have been capable of settle for Barcelona failing to qualify for the knockout stage after some type of injustice on the pitch; having their possibilities of development stolen in a technique or one other. However Xavi’s males have hardly been on the races below his tenure, with the seeds of failure being planted earlier than him below Ronald Koeman.
And the numbers don’t lie on this case, as they hardly ever ever do throughout bigger pattern sizes. For base worth, Barcelona managed to attain simply two targets within the group stage in a pair of 1-0 wins towards Group E backside feeders Dynamo Kyiv.
Barcelona have scored 4 targets in 5 video games below Xavi.
2 of these penalties.
3 got here in a single recreation.
reckon he is aware of the place the massive points are by now and Ansu Fati’s return is not fixing all of them at a stroke both.
— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) December 8, 2021
These numbers replicate a irritating pattern below Xavi within the early days of his reign at Barcelona, with the membership scoring simply 4 targets in 5 matches below the previous midfielder in all competitions since he took over.
It comes as no shock that the Barcelona icon has been adamant about his want of recruiting attacking gamers in January after hyperlinks with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Edinson Cavani surfaced within the early days of his takeover.
Whereas Xavi is bound to attract the anger of many within the fanbase regardless of a lot of the groundwork for failure being laid by somebody that got here earlier than him, the job remains to be huge for a returning son of La Masia and he might not be capable of survive what comes down the highway until issues change for the higher in fast order.