Following the "most disappointing" defeat against Shakhtar, there was a fierce confrontation as Xavi unleashed a strong criticism against Barcelona players.

 Following the "most disappointing" defeat against Shakhtar, there was a fierce confrontation as Xavi unleashed a strong criticism against Barcelona players.






The Spanish coach, Xavi Hernandez, critiqued his entire team strongly after the disappointing loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in the fourth round of the Champions League. The defeat was unexpected and disrupted Barcelona's plans to secure a spot in the round of 16, prolonging the decision until the final two rounds.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Xavi expressed his frustration, stating, "The Champions League demands the highest level, and today, we failed to display that, leaving us feeling upset."

He elaborated, "Our interpretation of the game was off. We need to regroup and enhance our performance. This match was a clear step backward, one of the poorest displays in the last two years, especially at such a critical moment." Xavi continued by acknowledging the team's struggles, saying, "We must reset ourselves as we're currently facing a challenging period. There seems to be a mental block, and our overall approach is flawed. We're not exerting effective pressure on our opponents and failing to manage the match's finer aspects." In conclusion, Xavi emphasized the team's self-reliance to progress, affirming that they wouldn't dwell on other circumstances but focus on their own performance.
Barcelona currently leads Group H standings with 9 points, tied with Porto. Shakhtar holds the third position with 6 points, followed by Belgian side Royal Antwerp with no points.
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