Xavi Hernandez managed Barcelona for the first time after signing for Barcelona from a Qatari club Al Sadd and started off with a derby win on a Saturday night against Espanyol.
✅💙 First match in charge.
✅❤️ First win.
— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) November 22, 2021
Having won the first game under Xavi Barcelona FC was set to play Benfica FC in the Champions League. Bayern leading the table with a 100% record, FC Barcelona is fighting for the second spot in the group to qualify for the Round of 16. A victory against the Portuguese side would have confirmed a place in the next round. After Barca lost 3-0 to Benfica in the 1st leg, the pressure was real to stay in the competition. Although both the teams had a handful of chances including Haris Seferovic missing a one-on-one opportunity in the last minute, they had a goal disallowed on either side of the halftime. The deadlock could not be broken and the game ended in a stalement with Barcelona having a huge task on their hands on matchday 6 as they face Bayern Munich.
🔝 Bayern = Group E winners….
🔮 Who'll join them in the next round?#UCL
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 23, 2021
They are two points ahead of Benfica but a victory against Bayern is unlikely considering Barcelona’s current form. Meanwhile, Benfica is set to play Dynamo Kyiv, who are currently sitting at the bottom of the table with just one point. If Benfica defeat already-eliminated Dynamo Kiev on the final matchday, Barca would need to win away to Bayern Munich to progress.