Alves: Comparisons to Guardiola's Barcelona unfair

The Brazil international has voiced his frustration with the constant comparisons to the previous regime, and stressed that Barca's opponents generally have nothing to lose

Barcelona right-back Dani Alves believes comparing their current crop of players to the side that dominated European football under Pep Guardiola is unfair.

The Catalans won La Liga three times as well as two Copa del Rey crowns and two Champions League titles during a glittering four-year spell under Guardiola, but they have been struggling to replicate their old form ever since the current Bayern Munich coach's departure in 2012.

Nevertheless, Alves has dismissed suggestions that Barca have declined under Guardiola's successors Tito Vilanova and current boss Gerardo Martino, and pointed to the heightened expectations around the club as cause for complaints.

"Nothing has happened to Barca," he told El Mundo Deportivo. "What happens is that the requirements get bigger each year.

"We are fine. The problem is that people want to compare us with Pep's Barca and the six cups won in 2009 and that cannot be. Years pass, people come and go, the philosophy of work changes.

"You cannot start to doubt this squad, which has done the greatest things for the club. It seems people are waiting for the slightest thing to take us down, but we are very strong."

Alves believes Barca's dominance has resulted in teams attacking them more willingly as a defeat to the Catalans is no longer regarded as a negative result.

"Our rivals now have much less to lose when they play us. If they lose, they do so against the best in the world and that is their excuse," he continued.

"On the other hand, if we lose, it is news and it fills all the newspapers. And if there are two defeats in a row, we take shots from all sides."