April 19, 2024
Xavi Says Porto Match Represents ‘Turning Point’ For Barcelona In Champions League
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Xavi Says Porto Match Represents ‘Turning Point’ For Barcelona In Champions League

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez says Tuesday’s Champions League match at home to FC Porto could be a potential “turning point” for his side as they look to clinch a place in the last 16.

The Catalans missed the chance to qualify from Group H with two games to spare when they suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk in Hamburg at the start of November.

However, a victory over second-placed Porto at home will send Barcelona through to the knockout phase and lift some of the tension after a stuttering run of form over the past month.

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Barcelona won the last of their five European titles in 2015 in Xavi’s final season as a player at Camp Nou.

They failed to make it past the group stage each of the last two seasons, dropping into the Europa League on both occasions, and there is renewed concern following the club’s worrying run of underwhelming performances.

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