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Ferran Torres defends Xavi and says critics are out to ‘destroy Barcelona’

The forward has spoken his mind

Royal Antwerp FC v FC Barcelona: Group H - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Pedro Salado/Getty Images

Ferran Torres had some pretty strong words after Barcelona’s disappointing defeat to Antwerp in the Champions League.

The forward, who was on target for Xavi’s side in a 3-2 defeat, says people are out to “destroy” Barca but insists the team are fully behind the manager.

“We are with the coach and his ideas until the end,” he said.

“It’s easy to criticise the coach, but the players are the ones on the pitch. We know how things work at Barça, people on the outside try to destroy us, to make us nervous, but we will turn things around.

“There is always a lot of external noise, but we have to live with that.”

There is plenty of criticism coming Barca and Xavi’s way after two defeats in a row against Girona and Antwerp.

Xavi has said he’s confident he can turn things around and will know he’ll need a good result against Valencia next if he is to relieve some of the pressure.

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