BEN 0-0 BAR: Xavi Hernandez rues missed opportunity at Camp Nou

Xavi is proud of how his team performed on his Champions League debut

Xavi Hernandez

Xavi Hernandez is a proud man despite Barcelona dropping two points at home in a crucial Champions League tie.

The Catalans and Benfica ensured the second ticket for the round of 16 in Group E will be go down the wire.

Both teams shared the spoils in an entertaining but wasteful night for their attackers at Camp Nou after a goalless affair.

With Bayern already through to the knockout stages as group winners, Xavi's Barcelona needed a win to join the Bavarians.

However, the LaLiga giants, who expectedly dominated the encounter, missed a good chance to book their ticket with a game to spare.

Speaking after the game, Xavi rued the missed opportunity but praised his players for making him 'proud' with their overall performance.

"I saw some really positive things, some stuff which make me really pleased and optimistic," Xavi told Uefa.com after the game.

"We only lacked a goal in what was a good performance. Such a shame. But the summary is that we played really well. And tonight, I'm hugely proud of the way the team played."

"Benfica came for a nil-nil. They knew how to play for it, that's a big reason for why we didn't score. The vital thing is that we generated chances. It's a matter of time before the chances go in."

"I want pride and enjoyment around the squad and in the training. That's how I lived my playing life. It's favourable if players aren't bored, if they are light hearted – I'm a guy who's upbeat, I like a joke but it's all designed to make us play better, to win."

As expected, Barcelona dominated the game and created numerous chances to win the game, Yusuf Demir's audacious attempt coming agonisingly off the bar.

Both teams had goals disallowed but the visitors almost snatched the three points in stoppage time but were let down by a bizarre miss from their striker Seferovic.

A share of the spoils in the end for either team, everything will now be decided on match day 6 when Barcelona travel to Munich to face Bayern while Benfica host Dynamo Kyiv in Portugal.

"We missed an opportunity there but we just have to keep going - there's another opportunity coming up in Munich and we just have to take it," the Champions League debutant added.

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