Barcelona President Sends Xavi A Message After UCL Exit

Joan Laporta, Xavi Hernandez
Joan Laporta, Xavi Hernandez

Following Barcelona's early exit from the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, club president Joan Laporta seemed to send a message to the under-pressure Xavi Hernandez.

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Before the Catalan giants hosted Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou, it was already confirmed that they would stand no chance of advancing to the round of 16 after Inter Milan dashed their hopes with a 4-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen earlier on Wednesday.

Perhaps aware of their fate before kick-off, the Blaugrana put in a performance to forget as the German side added insult to injury with a 3-0 win on away soil.

Pressure has since mounted on head coach Xavi, whose project was aided with a large cash injection in the previous transfer window, but Laporta feels the tactician should shoulder no responsibility.

"It's a shame, but you can't blame the players or the coach for anything," he told Barca TV.

"We have to look forward, because we have LaLiga and other competitions left.

"This is a young project in which from the beginning we knew we were going to have ups and downs. The league remains and we have to show that we continue.

"LaLiga is very important and we have it close. The message is to look forward. This has already happened."

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