Xavi(44) Criticizes Referee After Barcelona Knocked Out of Champions League Thanks to ‘Mistake’

Barcelona Manager, Xavi Blasts Referee Over Champions League Exit

In a night filled with frustration and disappointment, Barcelona’s manager, Xavi, couldn’t contain his ire as his team crashed out of the Champions League in dramatic fashion. The stage was set at the iconic Nou Camp, with Barcelona holding a slender 3-2 lead from the first leg against Paris Saint-Germain. However, what began as a promising evening quickly turned sour.

Barcelona opened the scoring just 12 minutes into the match, extending their lead and igniting hopes of a triumphant progression. Yet, the tide swiftly turned against them when Ronald Araujo was controversially shown a red card for a challenge on Bradley Barcola. The decision left both players and fans stunned, with questions swirling about the validity of the referee’s call.

With Barcelona reduced to ten men, PSG seized the opportunity to mount a relentless assault. Goals from former Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele, Vitinha, and a brace from the electrifying Kylian Mbappe sealed their fate, securing a 4-1 victory for the French side.

But the drama didn’t end there. Xavi’s frustration boiled over when he was also sent off for venting his anger on the Champions League padding near his dugout. As he walked away from the touchline, the ex-midfield maestro could be seen shedding his coat, a symbolic gesture of his team’s unraveling.

In the aftermath of the match, Xavi didn’t hold back. He confronted referee Istvan Kovacs, branding him a “disaster” and laying bare his frustration in a post-match interview. “It’s a pity, our Champions League is over due to the referee’s mistake,” Xavi lamented. “I just told the referee that he’s been a disaster. It’s the reality.”

This bitter defeat marks Xavi’s final Champions League match as Barcelona manager, bringing an end to his three-year tenure at the helm. Despite earlier confirmation of his departure, the Catalan tactician had hoped to depart with silverware, but it wasn’t to be. With Barcelona trailing eight points behind LaLiga leaders Real Madrid, their domestic hopes also hang in the balance.

Meanwhile, PSG’s journey continues as they prepare to face Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals, leaving Barcelona to pick up the pieces and reflect on what could have been.

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