This Thursday evening, FC Barcelona played in a Camp Nou acquired for the cause of Eintracht Frankfurt. At a press conference, Xavi admits that he does not understand, but does not want to use that as an excuse.
This Thursday evening, FC Barcelona played its qualification in the semi-finals of the Europa League in front of a crowded Camp Nou. About 80,000 spectators present for this quarter-final second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt after the 1-1 draw in the first leg. Quickly overtaken, Barca lost 3-2 after trailing 3-0 and eventually scoring two goals in injury time. Yet at home, the Catalans played in front of an audience committed to the cause of the Germans.
Before the meeting, thousands of “socios” sold their tickets to German supporters. A real shambles was established and as a result Frankfurt supporters were in the majority at Camp Nou. Up to 70,000 according to Victor Navarro, Spanish journalist for the Cope. A situation that Xavi does not understand and does not accept.
«It is very clear that this is a mistake. A miscalculation, planning. It’s very clear. We play at home, that can’t happen. I thank the Barcelona Cules who came to support their team. It’s a pity that we can’t give them victory and qualification. It’s clearly a miscalculation and the club is trying to see what happened. The team wants to know and have an explanationsaid the Spanish tactician, annoyed during the post-match press conference.
“But that’s no excuse. Obviously that didn’t help but on the pitch it was us who weren’t good. We accept the defeat and congratulate Eintracht Frankfurt on their victory,” concludes Xavi.