Jordi Alba: Barcelona players shown a lack of respect

The Catalans failed to win anything other than the Supercopa de Espana during the 2013-14 campaign but the full-back feels the criticism they received was over the top
Jordi Alba believes Barcelona's players were treated with a "lack of respect" last season.

The Catalans came in for heavy criticism throughout the second half of a turbulent 2013-14 that ended without a major trophy, with the Blaugrana losing out to Atletico Madrid in both the Champions League and La Liga, as well as being beaten by Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey.

Jordi Alba, however, believes that he and his team-mates copped too much flak for failing to win anything other than the Supercopa de Espana, arguing that they did not need anyone else to tell them that they had failed.

"I have seen a lack of respect towards the players," the Spain international told Onda Cero.

"When you do things wrong you realise it yourself. You don't need anyone to tell you.

"The coach can fix things but we are the ones who play. Sometimes we have not had any luck, while in other games the opponent has been better.

"It's been a bad season but certainly next season will be better."

Indeed, Jordi Alba believes that new coach and former Camp Nou favourite Luis Enrique is capable of reinvigorating Barcelona.

"He made a good impression on me in his presentation," the full-back revealed. "He has a very motivating character. I'm sure things will work out with him."