Nwosu Chizoba David
It’s the first time the knockout draw won’t feature Barca since 2003-04, when they didn’t qualify for the competition. And it’s the first time they’ve failed to progress from the group since 2000-01, when Leeds qualified ahead of them and made it all the way to the semi-finals.
Former midfielder Xavi was a legend of the Barca side that dominated Europe after that and has only just become coach.
“I’m angry,” he said. “I don’t like that this is our reality now. We start a new era from here – to work hard and get back in the Champions League.
“We start from scratch. Unfortunately, we are in the Europa League, which is not the place for us.
“We will work hard to put Barcelona back in the right place. We have many things to correct. We need to win the Europa League and recover the points in the Spanish league.
“We have had some injuries, maybe we can sign some more players, but we start from zero.”Article Reactions.