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WE ARE CAPABLE OF DEFEATING BAYERN MUNICH – BARCA BOSS XAVI, AFTER DEFEAT TO REAL BETIS

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Farouq Oduola A.

Despite being dealt a wake up call by Real Betis on Saturday, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez believes his club can defeat Bayern Munich in their crucial Champions League match next week.

Xavi suffered his first defeat since replacing Ronald Koeman in November when Betis won 1-0 at Camp Nou thanks to Juanmi’s second-half goal.

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Barca’s next match is a difficult journey to Munich on Wednesday, where a win would guarantee a place in the Champions League’s last 16. However, if Benfica defeats Dynamo Kiev, they will be knocked into the Europa League.

“The team is capable of going to Munich and winning,” Xavi remarked after the Betis match in a press conference.

“The objective is to achieve this. We are entirely reliant on ourselves. We’re going to one of the most difficult places in the world, but we’re going to give it our all and compete.”

While Barcelona is battling for a place in the Champions League this week, their loss on Saturday dropped them seven points behind Betis, who are currently in third place in LaLiga.

The defeat was the Catalan club’s sixth in all competitions this season — and their third at Camp Nou — but it was their first under Xavi, who had overseen wins against Espanyol and Villarreal, as well as a draw with Benfica, in his first three games in charge.

Xavi stated of Juanmi’s 79th-minute winner, “We conceded on the break when we were at our best.  We need to be more tactically aware. I’m really annoyed about the goal we conceded.

“It’s unfortunate because we played well in the second half.  It’s a disappointing result, but that’s football. Sometimes, like against Villarreal, you win without deserving it, but today was the complete opposite.”

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