Barcelona boss Xavi receives backing from president Laporta

Barcelona trainer Xavi Hernandez has won the backing of membership president Joan Laporta amid the group’s disappointing Champions League marketing campaign.

Barca face the chance of being knocked out of the Champions League staff degree for a 2d directly marketing campaign after Wednesday’s 3-3 draw with Inter Milan at Camp Nou.

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Speaking forward of Sunday’s league Clasico at Real Madrid, Laporta mentioned: “I would tell the fans to keep believing. We have a very good team that has to give us joy. They [the fans] have to support Xavi, and we will give that support to him.

“Xavi has proven that he’s a person who is aware of the membership and the device completely, aside from being a very good particular person. Things will recuperate, and he’s going to give us many successes.

“We always talk. After the game I have a habit of talking to him. [After Wednesday’s game] I saw him sad and hurt. Xavi has a virtue that no one I’ve met has — he always sees the positive side. It’s something I’ve always liked.

“I advised him to transport ahead, to not take into accounts the Champions League and concentrate on LaLiga.”

Not progressing past the group stages of the Champions League and potentially dropping to the Europa League will have financial repercussions for Barca.

“It may have an affect, but it surely would possibly not be of €30 million or €35m,” Laporta said. “We want to stay discovering new sponsors and proceed to compete in Europe, which additionally brings in income.”

Laporta admitted he, like many others, had great expectations for Barca’s Champions League campaign after the club’s significant investment in the summer transfer window.

“I did not be expecting to be like this at this level,” Laporta said. “The technical group of workers and the trainer have carried out the entirety to be aggressive.

“The main aim is LaLiga as the group stage has become very complicated, but I prefer to speak when it is over.”

Despite refereeing selections that went towards Barca within the Champions League, Laporta mentioned the group handiest had themselves accountable.

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“We had a difficult group,” Laporta mentioned. “The team is the first to know that Wednesday’s result was a shame.

“I’m unhappy and offended that we did not win regardless of scoring 3 targets. We have to switch the mindset and now with LaLiga, we need to stay preventing to be first. We have a squad and a few excellent gamers who’ve generated nice expectancies.”

Barca are top of LaLiga, level on 22 points with Madrid heading into Sunday’s game at the Bernabeu.

“The Champions League has dealt us a low blow, however we need to do the task and pay attention totally on LaLiga,” Laporta said.

“We all had the hope of the Champions League. We are first in LaLiga and we play on the Bernabeu, which is a sport we love to play.

El Clasico is always very important, because whoever wins comes out stronger and whoever loses comes out affected. I hope to be leaders at the end of the game. It will also serve to see the reaction capacity of the team. When we stumble, the most important thing is to get up. We aspire to [win] LaLiga.”

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