Tue 11 October 2022 | 17:08

Xavi warns Barcelona ahead of vital Champions League clash with Inter

A wonder strike from Hakan Calhanoglu sent Inter 3 points clear of Barcelona in the second place of their Champions League group. Xavi warns his players there is no room for error in their Wednesday clash.

After a 1-0 defeat at San Siro,


will host


on Wednesday as a 3-point gap distances the second-placed Italian side from the Blaugrana. With Bayern sitting at the top of the table with 9 points, Barca manager

Xavi Hernandez

knows his side needs a victory at Nou Camp tomorrow.


We expect an Inter very similar to the one in Milan. They will form the lower block, the middle block, we have alternatives, we have prepared them,"

Xavi said.

"It is a final, and we have no margin for error. With the help of the fans, we hope there will be a magical night.

"We must not lower our guard; there is talent, there is a desire for revenge, so we have to give everything so that the victory stays here.

"I would like to be a player tomorrow, I would rather be a player than a coach tomorrow. For me, it is a very good opportunity. We are motivated and hopeful."


Xavi believes the Blaugrana suffered injustice in their last week defeat to


after Pedri's equalizer was ruled out after

Ansu Fati

was penalized for handball.

"We had a logical outrage after the game, but that's it. Tomorrow it's time to play better,"

Xavi added.

"If we improve the game, maybe we won't talk about the referees."

Xavi knows Barcelona must remain patient when they host the Italian giants as Simone Inzaghi's side could rely on a defensive style of football.

"It's a game to be calm, to know how to position yourself, you don't have to score in minute one. We have to try not to feel the pressure, I always tell them that the pressure is on me," he added.

"You have to be patient, but if we attack like in the second half in Milan, I'm optimistic. We have to be more aggressive. Only three points are worth it for us, we have to be brave."


Jules Kounde

's injury, Xavi added:

"We don't count on him except for a surprise, for Sunday we will see. He can make it, but it will depend on his feelings. I see him well, training hard, positive, my feeling is that he can make it to Sunday."



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