Alba hits out at Barca critics

Jordi Alba has called on Barcelona’s critics to hold back and take a closer look at the League table.

The defender argued that the destination of the title is still in Barca’s hands – but claims you wouldn’t know it from the way people have laid into the team.

“Since the defeat in Valencia, the team has been performing incredibly,” Alba said at a Press conference.

“Winning the League still depends on us but the way people are talking, you’d think we were stuck in the middle of the standings. A lot of rubbish is being said.”

Alba also came to the defence of Coach Tata Martino, echoing comments made by Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas.

“Everyone was full of praise for Tata Martino after the [Manchester City] win. Criticism isn’t objective – opinions change every three days,” Alba said.

The former Valencia player added that as far as the players are concerned, it is only results and performances that count and not what he perceives as jealousy towards La Blaugrana.

“To tell the truth, we don’t care about anything else. The squad is relaxed and shielded from the criticism we regularly receive.

“It’s always been like that. It’s as though Barcelona never win a match fair and square – it’s because of the ref, our opponents. People always look for excuses.”

Alba missed last weekend’s defeat to Real Sociedad but confirmed he is fit to play Almeria on Sunday.

“I’m fine now. Either [Thursday or Friday], I’ll rejoin the group for training.

“I’m only thinking about Sunday’s game. Whether I enter the team or not is up to the boss but I’m ready to play.”

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