Jordi Alba has lashed out at "ridiculous" critics of Barcelona, claiming people are simply out to harm the reigning La Liga champions.
Catalans have fallen behind Real Madrid in the race for the title in
Spain, albeit only by three points, but have made it to the Copa del Rey
final and have a healthy 2-0 lead heading into the second leg of their
Champions League last-16 tie at Camp Nou against Manchester City.
their altered style of play under Gerardo Martino and two defeats in
February have combined to draw criticism in the direction of the
Catalans, but the left-back dismissed it as hearsay that is created to
derail the club's hopes of success.
"The criticism is coming from
people from outside the club that want to do us harm," Alba, 24, told
reporters at a promotional event. "It's just a slagging off, it's
"These days, many ridiculous things have been said, but the team are calm about it.
doing fine in all three of the competitions and we're out to win every
one of them. It's important that in all three it's up to us. We have to
Barca are back in La Liga action on Sunday at home to
Almeria, where a win could see them return to the top of the table if
Atletico Madrid defeat Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon earlier that