Barca banks on better homework to overcome Galatasaray

Barcelona was held to a 0-0 home draw last week despite bombarding Galatasaray with 14 goal attempts against only three from the Turkish side.

Xavi Hernandez

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Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez urged his team not to repeat its mistakes from the first leg of its Europa League tie against Galatasaray, as it looks to secure a quarterfinal place on Thursday.

Barcelona was held to a 0-0 home draw last week despite bombarding Galatasaray with 14 goal attempts against only three from the Turkish side, which was indebted to 23-year-old Spanish goalkeeper Inaki Pena for several fine saves.

"It's a final for both of us, a complicated match because we didn't do our homework at home," Xavi told reporters on Wednesday.

"The first-half of the first leg was not good. We didn't come out with intensity. Tomorrow is a final and we need to win in one of the stadiums where they cheer and shout the most.

"It's another test to prove that we can compete in Europe. We have to try to do what we already did in Naples."

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Barca only salvaged a 1-1 home draw with Napoli in the first leg of its knockout stage playoff tie in February, beating the Italian side 4-2 in the return leg.

"I have the feeling that we will find ourselves in a match very similar to the first leg, with a medium or low block," Xavi added.

"We have to understand how to attack. In the first leg we understood it better in the second-half. We also have to control their transition, the dead ball."

Unused to competing in Europe's second-tier club competition, the Barcelona boss said winning the Europa League could take the side into Champions League next season.

"For us the main objective is to be in the Champions League," Xavi said.

"Now we are in the Europa League, which if we win it would give us access to the Champions League. We are very excited. Even if it is the Europa League, we are looking forward to it".

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