Jordi Alba blasts Eric Abidal as Barcelona storm continues

By Mirror: Friday, February 7th 2020 at 23:23 GMT +3 | Football
Jordi Alba and his side were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night. [Courtesy]

Jordi Alba has joined Lionel Messi in criticising Barcelona director of football Eric Abidal for comments he made after Ernesto Valverde was sacked as manager from the club.

The La Liga giants have been in turmoil in recent days as Messi took to social media to hit out at Abidal after the Frenchman said in an interview: "A lot of players were not happy (under Valverde) and did not work much and there was also a problem with internal communication."

Messi took to social media to blast Abidal and speaking to reporters following Barcelona's 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarter-final Alba appeared to agree with his teammate.

"The club gets enough s*** thrown at it from the outside so we shouldn't be throwing s*** at ourselves," Alba said.

"Abidal was a player, he is loved by the fans and that's why he should know what it's like inside the dressing room and how players feel."

Barcelona slumped to defeat against Bilbao following a last-minute own goal by Sergio Busquets, and they have now lost three games in their last seven in all competitions.

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Messi's future has been cast in doubt since his comments on Instagram following Abidal's interview.

Lionel Messi was furious with Eric Abidal's comments. [Courtesy]

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner said: "I honestly do not like to do this kind of thing but I think that everyone has to be responsible for their job and take responsibility for their decisions.

"Players for what happens on the field, we are also the first to acknowledge when we don't play well.

"Those in charge of sporting direction should also face up to their responsibilities and above all take charge of their own decisions.

"Lastly, I think that when you talk about players, you should give names because otherwise, you are tainting everyone's name and feeding rumours that spread and are not true."

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