Despite playing against 10 men for most of the second half following Joel Veltman’s dismissal, Gerardo Martino’s men lost 2-1 to Ajax in Amsterdam . Xavi himself netted a second-half penalty.
The defeat meant Martino missed out on the chance to meet up with Pep Guardiola’s record of 21 games undefeated and the 33-year-old midfielder hopes it does not largely hamper their campaign.
The Spain International told reporters: “We hope the defeat does not affect us too badly – it is the first defeat so let’s hope it will not have too bad an effect.
“We have got a home game ahead of us against Celtic and we still have a great chance to finish top of the group.”
Xavi admits falling two goals behind against Ajax simply left his team with too much to do as they work themselves to getting back into the game after the break.
“We were missing intensity and unable to play our game,” said Xavi.
“Ajax’s high-pressure pressing high up the pitch just didn’t give us the chance to bring the ball out under control. They were more intense than us and although we tried to turn it round in the second half, the 2-0 score was just too much and we couldn’t do it.
“We had a bad game – especially in the first half. Teams don’t forgive you in the Champions League and you could see that. It is very hard to get an away win in Europe or in the league.”