Xavi insists Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena is no “house of horrors” for Barcelona.
Bayern Munich will face Barcelona in the upcoming Champions League encounter. They have an edge over the Spanish side with the H2H record of 17-4. They thrashed Barca in the last meeting 8-2 in 2020.
Despite the struggles, Xavi is optimistic his side can end the negative run.
“I think there are a lot of expectations on us,” said Xavi. “The match doesn’t change anything, we can’t draw conclusions.
“Nine months have passed and everything looks different. We have improved in many aspects. We see ourselves as capable of competing. We are excited, we can win this match and change history.
“We are playing against one of the best clubs in the world and they have a great coach. We want to show what level we are at.”
Barcelona have never won away to Bayern, but Xavi is looking forward to the challenge of ending that streak.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a house of horror, it’s Bayern Munich,” he said. “I’ve seen both sides of the coin, goals for and against.
“Things are cyclical. We haven’t won on this pitch and this speaks to our difficulties. We’re looking forward to it.”
Along with players, Xavi believes his side have also changed in terms of mentality.
“A lot has changed, especially the mentality,” he said. “I told them that this was Barcelona and we had to run, have personality.
“The mentality has changed, we have gained in personality and mentality. The signings have helped us and the victories have given us confidence”.