Xavi looking forward to Benfica clash as Barca seek revenge


BARCELONA, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez mentioned on Monday he’s relishing the problem of dealing with Benfica within the Champions League as they give the impression of being to avenge their defeat by the Portuguese aspect in Lisbon earlier within the marketing campaign.

A win on Tuesday will guarantee Barcelona attain the final 16 of Europe’s elite membership competitors with a match in hand, regardless of a troublesome begin to the marketing campaign following 3-0 defeats by each Bayern Munich and Benfica.

“I see an opportunity, no pressure. Soccer always give you a rematch. We’re Barca and we’ll go for it. I love challenges like this,” Xavi, who guided Barca to a 1-0 LaLiga win over Espanyol in his first recreation answerable for them on Saturday, instructed reporters.

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“Talking is easy, we need to show it on the pitch. Against Espanyol we were better. Barca aren’t in a situation to show off but we have reasons to be optimistic.

“If we win, we’ll qualify. We want to be courageous and take a look at.”

Former Barca midfielder Xavi, who enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with the team, hailed fans for showing up in good numbers at Camp Nou on Saturday and issued another rallying cry for support against Benfica.

Attendance figures at Camp Nou have been poor amid a tough start to the campaign in which Dutchman Ronald Koeman was sacked as manager before Xavi’s appointment this month.

“What I noticed on Saturday in Camp Nou I’ve by no means seen in my life,” Xavi said. “It was spectacular. On Tuesday we want our followers once more. They’re a part of us. The ambiance in Barca should give folks goosebumps.”

Benfica boss Jorge Jesus said his team was looking forward to playing at Camp Nou.

“The ambiance of their stadium is nice for them but it surely’s additionally good for us… nice gamers like to play in a gorgeous stadium filled with supporters,” Jesus mentioned.

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Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Editing by Shrivathsa Sridhar

Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez announces the pregnancy of his wife Nuria Cunillera during his farewell event at Auditori 1899 in Nou Camp stadium Barcelona, Spain June 3, 2015.    REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

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