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Xavi urges Barca to take 'golden opportunity' against CL rivals Betis

"The most important is to be in the Champions League next season, " the Barcelona coach said
06 February 2022, Spain, Barcelona: Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez sits on the bench during the Spanish LaLiga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou. Photo: Gerard Franco/DAX via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez sits on the bench during a match at Camp Nou. Photo: Gerard Franco/dpa.

Barcelona coach Xavi is urging his players to take full advantage of a "golden opportunity" to seal Champions League qualification against a direct rival in Real Betis.

The Blaugrana go to Seville on Saturday sitting second in La Liga, eight points clear of fifth-placed Betis – who won 1-0 at Camp Nou in December – as the battle for the top four nears its conclusion.

A win for Barca over the Copa del Rey winners would take them to 69 points and ensure they do not finish any lower than fourth, with Betis only able to reach 67 and sixth-placed Real Sociedad 68.

While the 15-point gap to champions Real Madrid highlights how confronting 2021-22 has been for Barca, Xavi has restored a degree of positivity since replacing Ronald Koeman in November.

"Hopefully, it's a golden opportunity to qualify for the Champions League," he said on Friday.

A direct rival

"They're a direct rival, with great players and a great coach. It will be difficult.

"Football gives us the chance to take sporting revenge. We want to fulfil our goals before the end of the season.

"We are fighting for the minimum, but that's the way it is. There are two goals, but the most important is to be in the Champions League next season."

Xavi urges Barca to take 'golden opportunity' against CL rivals Betis
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