Alba has been the first choice of Xavi at left-back this season, despite this intimated criticism from outside.
Barcelona star Jordi Alba has hit back at his critics after the club’s difficult start to 2022 for Xavi’s side.
The Catalan giants suffered exit from two Spanish competitions this month. They saw a semifinal exit against Real Madrid in Supercopa. Later, Athletico Club defeated them in a round-of-16 fixture of Copa del Rey. They also saw a group stage exit from the Champions League after a long time.
Barcelona’s La Liga campaign is also going great as they are fighting for the top four finish. Barca earned a scrappy 1-0 win at Alaves this weekend, courtesy of Frenkie de Jong’s late strike.
Jordi Alaba said, “I have felt singled out for criticism for many years”, as per reports from Marca.
“This is not the first time it’s happened to me and I accept all criticism, as it’s part of the circus that is generated in football.
“If I play a good game, the critics don’t talk about it, but if I play like the other day they kill me.
“But this is normal and I accept it.”
Alba’s experience has remained as an ever present asset in 2021/22. He has been the first choice of Xavi at left-back this season, despite this intimated criticism from outside.