Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba: I’ve been singled out for criticism for years

Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba says he’s learned to live with criticism from fans and pundits.

Alba was asked about the pressure coming his way after Sunday’s win at Alaves.

The left-back said, “I feel singled out for many years, but I accept all the criticism. It’s part of this circus and I knew that, when there is a bad game, those who should be singled out are always singled out.

“The criticism is there and I’ve always assumed it. If I play well they don’t talk about me, if I give two assists they won’t talk about me and if I don’t play well they’re going to kill me. I accept it.

“It doesn’t even worry me because I have the respect of my teammates, of my coaching staff. Nobody has given me ten years of playing at Barça. It has always been like that, and now more. Veterans are always pointed out when they lose, but there are veterans everywhere. It seems that there are only veterans at Barça. Veterans have been talked about for four or five years, and I was 28 or 29 years old.

“I’m 32 years old and I feel strong. The other day I wasn’t well, I admit it, but I take the criticism and I know it will be harsh.”

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