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Barcelona puts priority on Champions League qualification

It would be an understatement to say that FC Barcelona have had a difficult season, with new manager Xavi Hernandez in the middle of a desperate attempt to revive the club he once played for. The Spaniard enjoyed tremendous success as a midfielder for the Catalan giants, and now wants to help bring back the club’s glory days. However, after having already been eliminated in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, he says that their top priority at the moment is securing a UEFA Champions League spot for next season.

Barcelona became the butt of many jokes and online memes when they lost out in the group stage of this year’s competition and were sent down to the Europa League. It is a difficult situation to face for such a successful club, but Xavi wants to make it clear that he sees this situation as temporary.

On Sunday, Barcelona will face defending La Liga Champions Atletico Madrid. Although both clubs are a long way behind leaders Real Madrid, it is a crucial clash due to the Champions League spot. As it stands, Atletico are in fourth place on the table with 36 points. Barcelona are breathing down their necks with 35 points, but sitting just a further point behind, Real Sociedad may eventually leapfrog the losing team.