Leroy Sane and Lucas Hernandez scored goals in the second half to upset Barcelona.
Following Barcelona’s 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in their second Group C encounter in the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League, manager Xavi Hernandez expressed his disappointment.
Barcelona was defeated by goals from Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane in the second half after missing multiple chances in the first.
The former Barcelona player admitted after the game that Blaugrana’s missed opportunities proved to be too costly.
Bayern Munich and Barcelona have one distinction.
The difference between Bayern and us, according to Xavi, is that they don’t pardon in front of goal. Xavi also insisted that the final score did not really represent the entire contest.
The outcome does not represent the full game. The Champions League, though, is this. You will ultimately pay for missing opportunities. We misbehaved. This loss represents a step backward, he added.
We should have fouled the runner during the play for the second goal because of our poor corner marking. We don’t halt the game, but they do. Competing means doing that.
I’m furious because we ought to have won. To win, we engaged in a contest. Lewandowski missed his opportunity, Pedri scored twice and Raphinha shot from outside the box. This is unfair and frustrating.
Winning corners, completing transitions, or creating a chance in front of the goalkeeper are all examples of competing. I’m departing furious. Today we had to prevail. We must increase our effectiveness in both of these areas, Xavi continued.
Blame the Barcelona players, not the referee
“Everyone is saying the foul on Dembele was a penalty, but I didn’t see it,” I said. No matter what, I don’t want to comment on referees,” the 42-year-old remarked in response to a contentious incident in the opening period when Alphonso Davies fouled Ousmane Dembele in the Bayern box.
“I asked the ref during halftime to be honest and tell me if it was a penalty. He said it wasn’t.”
We had six or seven good chances to score. We owned the first period. We exerted sufficient effort not just to draw but also to win. He continued, further expressing his displeasure with the outcome, “We should learn from our mistakes and keep working hard.
When Barcelona plays Elche in La Liga on Saturday afternoon, they will try to turn things around.