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Barcelona boss Xavi calls for ‘boiling point atmosphere’ for PSG clash

Barcelona manager Xavi has asked their fans to create a ‘boiling point’ atmosphere at the Montjuic stadium against Paris Saint-Germain.

On Tuesday night, Barcelona will face Paris Saint-Germain in the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. Xavi’s side came back from 2-1 down to beat PSG 3-2 in Paris to take control of the tie after goals from Raphinha and Andreas Christensen.

In his pre-match press conference, Xavi asked Barca fans to help his players to beat Luis Enrique’s side.

He told reporters: “We are playing at home and Montjuic (the stadium) has to be a big-night venue. It will have to be a boiling point atmosphere.

We need the fans because there will be tricky moments and PSG will make us work hard and so at this time we have to be united.

We will have to control ourselves and take the initiative, but it will be tough. PSG will come out attacking because (head coach) Luis Enrique will not sit back. I know him well and I know they will put us under a lot of pressure.

We are up against one of best teams in the world, one of the most intense and they won’t gift us anything, and he is one of the best coaches in the world.”

Both Sergi Roberto and Andreas Christensen will miss Tuesday’s match due to suspension, while Achraf Hakimi will return to the PSG team after his suspension in the first leg.

Xavi added: “The players banned, Sergi Roberto and Christensen, hurts us, it’s true, but the key against PSG will be to play as a team.

If we can do it, regardless of names, we will have a great chance. We have to give it all to get to the semi-finals.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.


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