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‘Barcelona deserved it greater than Napoli’

Xavi Hernandez insists Barcelona ‘deserved it extra’ than Napoli after reaching the Champions League quarter-finals and believes they will ‘compete.’

With no away targets rule in UEFA tournaments now, it was winner takes all on the Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic.

“I feel we deserved it greater than Napoli, we did higher in assault, defence and naturally scored extra targets,” Xavi instructed Sport Mediaset.

It appeared to be all going their method when Fermin Lopez and Joao Cancelo pounced on defensive errors to go 2-0 up in fast succession, however Amir Rrahmani acquired them again into the tie.

Jesper Lindstrom gave the hosts an enormous scare by turning a free header large and Victor Osimhen in all probability ought to’ve had a penalty when Pau Cubarsi trod on his foot, however Robert Lewandowski tapped in to seal the 3-1 consequence on the night time, 4-2 on mixture.

“Napoli are a high quality staff who transfer the ball round properly and had some good scoring alternatives. We had deserved extra on the Stadio Maradona too, as we dominated there.”

It’s progress for Barcelona, who had not made it into the Champions League quarter-finals for 4 years, all the time crumbling on the Spherical of 16 part.

“We’re within the eight high groups in Europe and that’s nice for Barcelona and all of the Barcelona followers.”

Xavi took a danger amid an damage disaster by beginning youngsters Lamine Yamal and Cubarsi, however the defender was named Man of the Match.

If Inter remove Atletico Madrid tomorrow night after a 1-0 first leg lead, then Barcelona will qualify for the 2025 Membership World Cup.

“It is very important take into consideration ourselves and never the others. I feel we are able to compete within the quarter-finals, I’m actually happy with the staff and happy with the lads.”



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