Barcelona manager says they have a ‘psychological issue’

It’s an understatement to say that the morale is extremely low at the Camp Nou following Barcelona’s exit from the UEFA Champions League group stage. The Catalan giants were unceremoniously demoted to the Europa League after a 3-0 loss to the German champions on Wednesday, and manager Xavi Hernandez is philosophical about the situation.

Speaking after the match, Xavi admitted that more than a sporting issue, his squad is facing a psychological crisis. He shared that with the help of his coaching staff, he is doing his best to lift the spirits inside the dressing room. “It is a psychological issue rather than a football one. They [players] have to believe it and that is my job. We are encouraging them to dare and be brave,” he said during a press conference.