‘It’s bad news:’ Xavi on Barcelona injury strike



Xavi provided an update on Pedri.

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has provided an update on key midfielder Pedri after seeing his side knocked out of the Europa League in the quarter-finals by Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Catalan team drew 1-1 with Germany in the first leg but were defeated 3-2 at Camp Nou in the second leg. A tough night for the Catalan giants was made even more difficult when Pedri was forced off at half-time.

Xavi spoke about the boy after the game and admitted it was a difficult break for Barcelona, ​​as reported by Diario AS. He explained, “Look what Pedri has, it’s bad news. We have to rehabilitate the players and continue playing from Monday.”

Barcelona has confirmed that Pedri has a hamstring problem and will undergo more tests to determine the severity of the injury. The Catalan giants return to action on Monday, April 18 against Cadiz in La Liga.

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Xavi disappointed by Europa League defeat

Barcelona have been favorites to lift the Europa League title but there may be few complaints after the match against Eintracht Frankfurt. Xavi says his side are disappointed but cannot blame the players for their efforts at Camp Nou.

“They found themselves with the penalty and then the great goal. We were in the back and then Tuesday came. We are not well. We were not able to produce what we had to produce in the attack. We had control. Those are mistakes that cost Europe. Now we have to focus on the tournament,” he said. “We will try. We don’t consider it a failure. We tried and we tried. I consider it a huge disappointment and the main goal is to qualify for the Champions League.”

Eintract Frankfurt was helped in front of 20,000 supporters at Camp Nou. German fans bought tickets from Barcelona members, resulting in a huge away presence, as Marca reports.

Xavi urged fans to turn Camp Nou into a “pressure cooker” for the second leg and admitted he was surprised by the events in the stands. He said, “We were expecting a stadium with 70,000 people and it looked like a final with a subdivided field. It was our miscalculation.”

Araujo reacts when Barca lose the match

Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo also spoke out after the defeat and admitted his side made some unfortunate mistakes. Uruguayans were also surprised to see many Eintracht Frankfurt fans coming to Camp Nou.

“I’m sorry to lose this match. Regardless of the result, we played a good game. They hit at the right time. They went to the field three times and scored three goals. There were mistakes that couldn’t be made and that’s why we didn’t qualify. We have to be more patient and watch out for counter-attacks. We should have tweaked that detail more. It’s a pity we didn’t want to pass,” he said. “I am surprised that there are so many of their people here in our stadium. The club has to look into that. For the height of this team, the quality they have, it’s a failure, because we want to win the Europa League. We have to lift our chin up.”

The defeat to Barcelona means the club will now focus fully on finishing in the top four in La Liga and securing a spot in next season’s Champions League. The Catalan team is currently second with eight games remaining.

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