‘Just as I respect everyone, they also have to respect me’: Jordi Alba hits out at discontent Barcelona fans after Lionel Messi and Co were jeered during win over Real Sociedad
Jordi Alba has hit out at Barcelona fans and called for supporters to show their team more respect after the Catalan giants were treated to a hostile atmosphere on Saturday.
The LaLiga champions fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to their arch rivals Real Madrid last week in what could prove decisive in this season’s title race.
And the Barcelona fanbase displayed their discontent with the result by loudly jeering their side during their win over Real Sociedad this week.
Jordi Alba has hit out at his own supporters for jeering the team during their win on Saturday
Despite easing to a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad, supporters displayed their discontent
Alba in particular seemed upset by the dissatisfaction among the supporters and after netting a second goal in injury time, appeared to gesture towards the fans.
The Spaniard cupped his hands to his ears but his celebration was disrupted after the linesman had flagged for offside, meaning Alba and Co had to settle for a 1-0 win.
Alba conceded that his side have struggled to play at their best of late, but expressed his frustration at a lack of support from the fans.
‘No one likes to play poorly or how we’re playing at the moment, but I don’t like it when in the 15th minute with the score goalless there are whistles,’ he said.
Alba conceded the team had not been playing well but called on fans to support the team
‘No one likes it when the fans go against you, especially in your own stadium. Our attitude is good and all the players are giving everything out on the pitch. I’m not going to hide. Just as I respect everyone, they also have to respect me.’
Alba’s comments come amid growing unrest at the LaLiga champions, with tensions between the club’s hierarchy and supporters reaching fever pitch, with fans waving white handkerchiefs in protest against president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Barca boss Quique Setien was also forced to apologise for the behaviour of his assistant Eder Sarabia during the El Clasico defeat, while Lionel Messi has hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal.