Barcelona Players Ignored Xavi’s Halftime Warning As Catalans Collapse in UCL Draw Against Inter Milan

Barcelona Players Ignored Xavi’s Halftime Warning As Catalans Collapse in UCL Draw Against Inter Milan

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:14 PM
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  • Footage has shown Barcelona manager Xavi warning his side at halftime to defend prior to the Catalans collapse against Inter Milan in midweek
  • Barcelona saw their Champions League hopes dented as they failed miserably to preserve their halftime 1-0 lead against the Serie A giants
  • The Catalans will need to win their remaining two matches in Group C and hope Inter Milan falter in their games to stand a chance of qualifying to the next round

Barcelona manager, Xavi had urged his players to defend like animals at halftime during the Catalans 3-3 draw against Inter Milan which almost ended their Champions League dreams.

With a victory over the Serie A giants the only sure way of keeping their Champions League hopes alive, Barca had led at halftime through a brilliant Ousmane Dembele 40th-minute strike.

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Barcelona conceded three second-half goals against Inter Milan despite Xavi's warnings to defend tightly. Photo by Soccrates Images
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According to the Daily Mail, Xavi had been captured in a leaked video warning his Barcelona players the dangers Inter Milan could cause if they fail to defend properly, but his advice fell on deaf ears.

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Barcelona would eventually concede three second-half goals with La Blaugrana relying on a 92nd-minute Robert Lewandowski strike to earn a 3-3 draw at Camp Nou.

The Catalans who are now on the brink of elimination from the Champions League must need to win their remaining two games against Bayern Munich and Viktoria Plzen and hope Inter drops points against both teams to have any hope of qualifying.

Xavi boosts Barcelona squad morale

Meanwhile, Barcelona manager, Xavi has had talks with his players to boost the team’s morale following their disappointing draw against Inter Milan on Wednesday, Marca reports.

The Barcelona manager urged his team to bounce back through this Sunday's El Clasico against Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Xavi stressed how El Clasico is Barcelona's chance to remain top of the table in LaLiga Santander while encouraging his players to fight for the La Liga title.

Dissatisfied Barcelona fans roast Xavi

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Fans of FC Barcelona have levelled the blame on head coach Xavi Hernandez following his side's disappointing draw in the six-goal thriller against Inter Milan on Wednesday night.

Xavi's Barcelona had to win against the Nerazzurri to avoid yet another Champions League group elimination in two successive seasons, after picking just a win in three games.

Following the blast of the whistle, fans of the Blaugrana took to social media to register their displeasure with manager Xavi as the six-time winners of the competition near an exit.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..