Just out of the Europa League which was ended on Thursday by Frankfurt (2-3, 1-1), Barca coach Xavi lashed out at the media about the impressive quota of places left for German fans. Between 20,000 and 30,000 Eintracht supporters filled Camp Nou.
Camp Nou Do sank under the white tide. First, players from Eintracht Frankfurt, who on Thursday reached the quarter-finals of the competition (2-3, 1-1 a week after the first leg) to knock FC Barcelona out of the Europa League.
Second, in the stands, where Catalan supporters were overwhelmed by an impressive contingent of German fans. Disappointment at Catalan’s exit, in a contest the Catalans were aiming to win, was heightened by a wave of opposing fans rarely seen at the Camp Nou.
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According to sources in Spain and Germany figures vary between 20,000 and 30,000 Eintracht supporters – one-third of the 79,469 spectators – a quota too large for Catalan coach Xavi. “It’s clear it didn’t help us, facing the media the technician removed after the meeting. We were expecting 70,000 or 80,000 fans. There, it looked like a final.”
Very noisy, German fans were impressive throughout the game, and even later, when they stopped in large numbers to greet their players. On its site, the Madrid daily Marca also spoke of a “never seen image in the football world”. “It was a miscalculation on our part, yes”, irked Xavi, indirectly targeting its president Joan Laporta, before specifying that the club was going to investigate “what happened”.
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“This will never happen again. We have information about what happened, Laporta later reacted to the attack by Eintracht fans on Barca TV. It is condemnable and shameful. We will take action and explain it.”
According to Spanish media, several German fans located outside the visitor’s parking lot got their place by recovering absent customers and putting them back on sale. And he painfully turned upside down on Barca.