Xavi: Barcelona don't belong in Europa League

Barcelona manager Xavi

© APA | Barcelona manager Xavi

# 09 December 2021 12:10 (UTC +04:00)

Barcelona manager Xavi has expressed disappointment in Wednesday's 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich that sent them to the Europa League – a competition in which he thinks his side don't belong, APA reports citing Goal.com.

But Xavi also accepted Barca's new reality and said that the club must "start again from zero" amid their most difficult campaign in recent history.

The last time Barcelona were ousted from the Champions League this early was 2000-01, when the Europa League was still known as the UEFA Cup.

"They were better than us," Xavi said of Bayern Munich to Movistar. "This is the reality that now faces us. We're in the Europa League. A new era starts today.

"Barcelona don't belong in the Europa League, they belong in the Champions League. We start again from zero."