Xavi has stated Barcelona are not finished, despite being written off as the world’s best team following humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich.
The Spanish maestro admitted disappointment after last night’s Champions League exit, but insists that Barcelona still have a promising future ahead.
He said in the post-match press conference: “Bayern dominate all aspects of the game right now. But this Barcelona team have a future. I am always optimistic. This team can go on.”
Until the turn of the year, Tito Vilanova’s side were widely lauded as the best club team ever, but an inability to win big matches has seen their reputation tarnished.
Barcelona have won the Champions League in two of the last four seasons but hopes of reaching Wembley’s final in May were crushed when Arjen Robben scored at the Nou Camp.
But Xavi – who has made more than 500 appearances for his home club – was full of praise for the German side’s performance.
He said: “Of course, I am feeling down because the team gave everything, especially in the first half.
“We have to congratulate Bayern, they are in extraordinary form. They were better than us and are worthy finalists.”
The Catalans’ seasons hasn’t been an entire disappointment though, with the La Liga title almost a question of when rather than if.
Nearest rivals Real Madrid trail Barcelona by nine points, and only utter capitulation would allow Jose Mourinho’s side to retain the league trophy.