Barcelona COACH, Xavi, emphasized that his team brought good capital ahead of the El Clasico match after qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Barcelona will face Real Madrid in La Liga, Monday (21/3) early morning WIB.
Facing this prestigious match, Barcelona has big capital after beating Galatasaray 2-1 in the second leg of the Europa League last 16 at the NEF Stadium, Istanbul, Friday (18/3) early morning WIB. Having fallen behind through Marcao’s goal (28′), Barca were able to turn things around via Pedri (37′) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (49′).
With this result, the Blaugrana have the right to qualify for the last eight with a 2-1 aggregate win, after the first meeting ended in a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou.
“Today is an important match, because we are playing for the European trophy. We want to go far in this competition, and we are very happy to be in the quarter-finals, because we deserve to be there,” Xavi said in a post-match press conference.
“We’re in good shape now going into El Clasico, but that doesn’t mean anything. I’ve experienced everything related to that game, played badly and then won or played well and then they beat us,” said the former Al Sadd tactician.
On the La Liga standings board, Barcelona, which won four consecutive wins, is in third place with a collection of 51 points, plus one game postponed. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are still comfortable on the throne with 66 points. (Goal/OL-15)