Barcelona coach Xavi has labelled Manchester United one in all Europe’s ‘high groups’ following a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou within the Europa League however believes each golf equipment are ‘coming again’ from lean years.
The stage of Thursday night time’s Europa League knockout playoff first leg was a far cry from the Champions League finals of 2009 and 2011 when Barça and United met in Rome and London respectively for the best to be topped Europe’s absolute best.
However such has been the resurgent type of each groups this season after respective issues, this was nonetheless the decide of all of the UEFA fixtures being performed this week. What’s extra, the 2-2 draw that leaves the tie delicately poised forward of the second leg at Previous Trafford didn’t disappoint.
“It was a extremely powerful recreation, actually troublesome, with a number of depth, ardour, rhythm,” Xavi instructed BT Sport afterwards. “I feel we’ve to be proud as a result of we competed rather well till the top. We may have gained within the final two probabilities, however we performed in opposition to a high staff in Europe.
“I feel each groups are roughly in the identical second, in the identical place, that we’re coming again. I mentioned to [Erik] Ten Hag now, ‘congratulations’, as a result of he’s doing very nicely and they’re Manchester United.
“It may be a remaining, a semi-final, a quarter-final perhaps in the way forward for the Champions League, however now we’re within the Europa League and we’re coming again. At present we confirmed our absolute best efficiency, an excellent efficiency from each groups.”