On Wednesday, early in the afternoon, the current term in Barcelona was reserved for summing up the impressions from the Champions League match or the last preparations before the duel in the elite European competition. However, times have changed and the Catalans are looking today at the match that they will play only tomorrow in the Europa League.
The visit to Napoli at the Camp Nou, although in the rank of the match of the eighth-finals of the Champions League, will only be a derby of the second international stage, such circumstances did not deprive Xavi of ambition, who revealed his ambitions before the new challenge.
"We would like to be in the Champions League and we are angry that this is not the case, especially when we look at yesterday's games, but we are aware that we are where we are and that winning this competition would bring us back to the elite."
"Barcelona has never won this trophy, which is an additional motive for us, but we are aware that Napoli is a quality rival. This was the meeting of the eighth-finals of the Champions League two years ago." "We are candidates for the quarterfinals, but not favorites.
The rival is a phenomenal team that is fighting for the title in Italy," Xavi said.
Xavi on current Barcelona
The strategist of the Catalans has been in office for 100 days, and on this occasion he pointed out that he has the impression that he has been in his current position for 100 years.
"We have to continue to improve and progress, but we are on the right track. We have gone through problems with injuries and the coronavirus, the January transfer period is behind us .." "I want to bring Barca back where we belong, but I have a lot to look forward to.
I am grateful for the opportunity, all we are going through are situations that make you grow as a person and progress." "We have progressed during these 100 days in many aspects, and that is best seen in the championship.
" In January, Barcelona intensified the competition in the attack with the engagement of Aubameyang and Traore, while Ferran Torres will also compete for a place in the team. "Aubameyang trains well, I needed a little stronger work and he is already 100 percent.
I am very satisfied with him, he is a true professional." "Adama Traore brings us a lot, he is mature, has a great way of thinking, and is a player who can solve a game. I'm also happy for Torres, I'm happy with how he manages as a center forward or a winger. His signature is a great thing. "