Barcelona managed to qualify for the last 16 of the Europa League. The match against Napoli at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Friday (25/2) was won by the visitors with a score of 4-2. This victory makes Barca qualify with a 5-3 aggregate advantage.
The Blaugrana’s victory came thanks to goals from Jordi Alba, Frenkie de Jong, Gerard Pique and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Il Partenopei can only reply through Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty and Matteo Politano’s goal towards the end of the second half.
Barcelona’s main coach, Xavi, expressed satisfaction with his team’s victory. Xavi considers this victory to be a moment that increases Barca’s confidence. But he also emphasized that his team should not feel complacent about this result.
“We are constantly improving and have to make the most of the open space. It’s a model of tactics that we want to use, it’s become something that we want to achieve and so far have been able to do it. The players and the fans deserved this win, we are satisfied but we have to keep our heads down.”
“It’s a win that boosts confidence. We were dominant throughout the game, and for the first time it’s happened since I’ve been here. We were able to get a win over Napoli who rarely concede many goals, who are fit to be in the Champions League and competing in Serie A,” Xavi said in his post-match press conference.
Xavi understands the high expectations placed on everyone involved with Barcelona. However, the coach insists that his team has not won any titles this season.