Laporta optimistic on Barcelona’s “young project” after elimination
Despite their elimination from the Champions League group stages for the second season in a row, Barcelona president claims "he can't blame the players or the coach for anything".
was eliminated from theChampions League
last night and officially dropped down to the Europa League after Inter’s emphatic 4-0 win against Viktoria Plzen followed by Barca’s own sorry display against Bayern at home which resulted in a 3-0 loss but Barca president, Joan Laporta was somewhat about the “young project” that Xavi is heading.
With the crazy amount of money Barcelona spent since January 2022 and especially in the summer where they brought in the likes of Kessie, Lewandowski, Raphinha, Kounde and Alonso among many others, Barcelona was counted as one of the favorites to reach the final stages of the competition but Xavi’s men fell significantly short of their goal.
This elimination however would not only impact them on the footballing side of things, as it will have significant financial impact on the club who were counting on the Champions League revenue which racks up significantly in the knockout stages.
Talking to Barca TV Laporta stated that: "
It's a shame, but you can't blame the players or the coach for anything. We have to look forward, because we have La Liga and other competitions left.”
"This is a young project in which from the beginning we knew we were going to have ups and downs. The league remains and we have to show that we continue."
The Catalans are trailingReal Madrid
3 points in La Liga with 28 points from 11 games and Laporta feels that:
"LaLiga is very important and we have it close. The message is to look forward. This has already happened."
Speaking about Bayern and the group’s situation in general Laporta added:
"Bayern is a consolidated and powerful team, one of the best in Europe and they did not play anything, they left relaxed,"
"For us it was very complicated and the [Inter] game against Plzen was torture, but we still have faith."
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