Xavi’s Tactical Substitutions Propel Barcelona to Exciting Victory over PSG in Champions League

Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez’s tactical brilliance led the team to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarterfinals. The game saw a stunning comeback, with Barcelona initially taking the lead, falling behind, and then making a remarkable turnaround.

Brazilian forward Raphinha scored two goals, including the opener in the first half, capitalizing on a mistake by PSG’s goalkeeper Donnarumma. PSG responded strongly after halftime, taking a 2-1 lead with goals from Dembele and Vitinha.

Xavi’s strategic substitutions of Rodri and Joao Felix for Yamal and Roberto proved crucial, with Pedri assisting Raphinha to level the score. Another substitution of Christensen and Torres led to Christensen scoring the winning goal with a header, securing Barcelona’s comeback victory.

Xavi praised Pedri and Christensen for their impact, stating, “Tactically we did really well.” Barcelona’s unbeaten streak since Xavi’s announcement of departure contrasts with PSG’s loss, ending their previous unbeaten run of 27 matches.

PSG coach Luis Enrique acknowledged the team’s struggle but remains optimistic for the return leg at Barcelona’s home ground on April 16. The stage is set for an intense rematch as both teams aim to secure a spot in the Champions League semifinals.


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