The stats that condemned Barcelona to a shock Champions League exit

Barcelona sent packing from the Champions League

Matters have gone from bad to worse in a difficult season for Barcelona as the Spanish giants have crashed out of the Champions League group stage after their 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

Xavi’s men needed to hope for a bit of help when they clashed with the Bavarian giants tonight with the Bundesliga side coming in as heavy favorites, but a loss would not have condemned the Catalan outfit to the Europa League if Benfica failed to secure a win at home against Dynamo Kyiv. The Portuguese side did not comply, however, and their 2-0 win sealed Barça’s fate.

It is the first time since 2003-04 that Barcelona has been made to complete in the Europa League, with the last time the club was ousted from the Champions League during the group stage coming 21-years ago at the hands of David O’Leary’s Leeds United in 2000.

Barça join Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, FC Porto, Zenit St.Petersburg, FC Sheriff, Atalanta, and fellow La Liga outfit Sevilla in the drop down to the Europa League knownout stage.

The numbers behind Barça nightmare

Many may have been able to accept Barcelona failing to qualify for the knockout stage after some form of injustice on the pitch; having their chances of progression stolen in one way or another. But Xavi’s men have hardly been at the races under his tenure, with the seeds of failure being planted before him under Ronald Koeman.

The damning stats behind Barcelona crashing out of the Champions League

MUNICH, GERMANY – DECEMBER 08: Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona looks dejected after the second goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between FC Bayern München and FC Barcelona at Football Arena Munich on December 08, 2021 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

And the numbers do not lie in this case, as they rarely ever do across larger sample sizes. For base value, Barcelona managed to score just two goals in the group stage in a pair of 1-0 wins against Group E bottom feeders Dynamo Kyiv.

Those numbers reflect a frustrating trend under Xavi in the early days of his reign at Barcelona, with the club scoring just four goals in five matches under the former midfielder in all competitions since he took over.

It comes as no surprise that the Barcelona icon has been adamant about his need of recruiting attacking players in January after links with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Edinson Cavani surfaced in the early days of his takeover.

While Xavi is sure to draw the anger of many in the fanbase despite much of the groundwork for failure being laid by someone that came before him, the job is still massive for a returning son of La Masia and he may not be able to survive what comes down the road unless things change for the better in rapid order.

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