It might not be the Champions League, but with thousands of Eintracht Frankfurt fans pouring into Barcelona, the Europa League quarter-final between the two teams has the feel of a big match.
After a close match in Germany, the two teams finished level at 1-1 leaving everything to play for at Camp Nou. Following their heroics against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, Eintracht manager Oliver Glasner pointed to the Yellow Submarine as an example to follow.
Meanwhile Xavi was keen to ensure his side played a ‘cleaner’ game than they did in Frankfurt in order to see themselves through to the semi-finals.
In his pre-match press conference, defender Eric Garcia was optimistic about their chances. Asked what Xavi had brought to Barcelona, Garcia was clear on the most important thing he had added.
“Above all the unity he has brought to the team. From the start he explained the ideas he had and the team is with him to the death.”
“That is being shown in our actions. We are coming from two more complicated games but the solutions he brings to us in every match are very important for us.”
Mundo Deportivo covered the press event, which comes after the 21-year-old put in one of his best performances of the season against Levante.
“I am very happy due to the direction the team is going, we have improved a lot. Against Levante we fought to the end. In Frankfurt it was harder than we expected, but we are looking forward to the match. We have prepared for [today] and I hope that Camp Nou is full.”