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Xavi says Barcelona fans would take winning the Champions League and nothing else next year

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Juventus v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Final Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Xavi has been looking ahead to next season and says Barcelona fans would be happy if they won the Champions League and nothing else last year.

The club claimed the Double last season but then had to watch Real Madrid claim Europe’s top prize for the third year in a row.

Xavi was interviewed by AS and asked if he’d swap another Double for the Champions League and was pretty unequivocal in his answer.

“I would for a season, yeah. If you asked any Barcelona fan, they’d take winning the Champions League and nothing else next year,” he said.

He also spoke about manager Ernesto Valverde and said he thinks the 54-year-old has been a good appointment at the club.

“I think he’s done a very good job. He’s come in with his idea of how to play and put different systems at the team’s disposal - 4-4-2, 4-3-3... - but above and beyond the system, he’s instilled a real sense of calm in the group.

“The group look happy and take things in their stride out on the pitch. Valverde’s a guy who fosters togetherness, who’s positive.

“I know his fitness coach [Ros Pozanco] from when I was playing for the [Barcelona] ‘B’ team. At the end of the day, they’re good guys who are straight with you and keep things simple. He’s been a really good appointment.”

There’s a real sense that the club’s main focus will be on the Champions League last season after the huge Roma disappointment, as they aim to win the competition for the first time since 2015.