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Coach Xavi Hernandez left frustrated after loss at Munich

Coach Xavi Hernandez acknowledged his frustration following Tuesday night’s 2-0 Champions League defeat of his club at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

After a dominant performance by the visitors in the first half, goals from Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane earned the hosts all three points, moving them ahead of their bitter rivals atop the group standings.

Xavi speaking to the UEFA media via Barcablaugranes, talked about where it had all gone wrong for his team after such a promising opening 45 minutes.

“We can’t let them off the hook so much. I’m leaving here pretty hacked off because this was a night to win. But I’m also feeling proud of the team,” he said.

“However, it’s about winning and we’ll need to compete better in crucial moments like the two goals and be more effective when we create chances.”

“No way should our rival be allowed to score from a failure of marking at a corner when we have the match under control. Or to score down the middle on a counterattack. We must learn from these mistakes.”

On his visit to his old club, striker Robert Lewandowski failed to take advantage of numerous fine opportunities, and Xavi thought he might have taken the occasion a little too seriously. 

“It wasn’t Lewandowski’s day. He played with too much emotion and wasn’t as clinical as he usually is,” he added.

“It’s impressive what Barcelona has done in the last year. After the goal, the energy levels dropped. But it wasn’t a clear win for Bayern; the game could have finished as a draw.

“We made six or seven big goal chances but missed them and Bayern took their opportunity. We competed, we played very well and had we scored, it would have been a completely different match.” 

With six points, Bayern leads Group C in the Champions League. Barcelona and Inter Milan tie at second place with three points each.

Viktoria Plzen sit bottom after losing both of their opening two matches.

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