Barcelona thrash Royal Antwerpat home for the opening game UEFA Champions League

Xavi felt proud of Barcelona’s performances and said it was his best spell as Barca’s manager.

Barcelona made a fluent start to the UEFA Champions League campaign. Xavi’s side thrashed Royal Antwerp 5-0 at home for the opening matchday of the 2023/24 Champions League season.

It was a stellar performance for Barca and it was their second consecutive 5-0 win after solid performance against Real Betis on the weekend.

The Catalan giants started the scoring through Joao Felix in the 11th minute. Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha joined the party. Gavi scored one more in the 54th minute, and Felix added the 5th goal.

Xavi felt proud of Barcelona’s performances and said it was his best spell yet “as Barça’s manager.

“Very happy with the result. Saturday and today were my best games as a coach. An improvement in the way we play. It is a pride to see the team like this. We must continue,” he said.

Xavi also added, “The most important thing is to continue at this level and with the same enthusiasm and desire. Our positional attack was bad last season, but we have improved this season.”

Xavi also talked about Joao Cancelo and Ilkay Gundogan. Xavi commented on their past under Pep Guardiola, saying, “Gundogan and Cancelo come from Guardiola, and we know how well his team plays football.”

He added, “Gundogan is a great player. You do not need to give him a lot of instructions. He knows how to play easily and without complexity. Same with Cancelo. They are a great addition.”

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