Xavi claims Barcelona are 'favourites' in the Europa League

Barcelona ended their Champions League season on a high.

The Catalan giants crashed out of the Champions League this campaign and failed to qualify to the round-of-16 for the second season in a row.

This will be the second time since 2009 that the La Liga giants will participate in the Europa League.

Manager Xavi believes Barcelona are favourites to win the Europa League this season.

‘There is still a very nice Europa League. Our goal is to reach the final and win it. I understand that they label us as favourites,’ Xavi told the media via Goal after 4-2 win over Viktoria Plzen.

‘We are forced to try to win the Europa League, but we saw last year that it is a very complicated competition. With the teams that there are this year, it looks very tough.’

The manager also reflected on their disastrous ending to the Champions League.

Xavi added: ‘The feedback is negative. This stage had its moments, and we didn’t take our chances.

‘Bayern Munich and Inter did. We couldn’t win in Munich or Milan. This is the balance in the end.’


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