BARCELONA’S ‘p***** off’ boss Xavi let rip at his players after they were dumped out the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Catalan giants lost 3-0 at Bayern Munich and their new manager told them they must ‘accept their new reality’ and start from scratch in the Europa League.
“But we have to face it. There’s no other way.
“Today a new stage begins and we start from scratch.
“Our goal is the Champions League, not the Europa League.
“We have to work hard. I don’t like the word failure, because we have tried.
“I love this club and I will give my life to make it work.”
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Marc Andre Ter Stegen’s embarrassing shocker confirmed Barca’s earliest Champion League exit for 21 years and they will now drop into the Europa League.
The German, 29, allowed compatriot Leroy Sane’s long-range effort to slip through his hands just before half-time.
Sane, 25, collected the ball from Kingsley Coman 35 yards from goal with 43 minutes on the clock.
He touched the ball out of his feet and then let fly with his wicked left foot.
But despite catching it sweetly, the ball did not move much in the air and Ter Stegen made a mess of the save as it bounced off his arm and in.
‘THEY DOMINATED US’
The goal made it 2-0 to Bayern on a night where Barcelona needed a win to guarantee their place in the knockout stages as Benfica strolled to a comfortable 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev.
Sane should have added a third immediately after half-time but somehow picked out the grounded Ter Stegen rather than the back of the net.
But Jamal Musiala made no mistake just after the hour mark when he turned in from Alphonso Davies’ clever drag-back to complete the scoring on another routine night for the Bundesliga champs.
“We always want to dominate and subdue our rival but it’s been the other way around.
“We have to demand more of ourselves.
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“This has to be a turning point to change the dynamic and many things. We haven’t competed. This is the Champions League.
“But this is our reality. It’s the situation we face, and we have to face the situation with dignity.
“Today begins a new era and a new stage.”
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