Whistles at Camp Nou left Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba fuming

    Barcelona star Jordi Alba refused to hide his frustration with the fans’ whistles during the Catalans’ home win over Real Sociedad on Saturday

    The reigning La Liga holders returned to the top of the table thanks to a narrow 1-0 triumph over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou, with Lionel Messi’s 81st-minute spot-kick making the difference.

    However, Quique Setien’s men produced another underwhelming performance, provoking whistles from the home fans, who always expect their team to dominate and score a lot.

    During the post-match interview, Jordi Alba demanded more respect from the fans, although admitting Barcelona are not enjoying the best of times.

    “No one likes to play poorly or how we’re playing at the moment, but I don’t like it when in the 15th minute with the score goalless there are whistles,” the Spaniard said, as reported by ESPN.

    “No one likes it when the fans go against you, especially in your own stadium. Our attitude is good, and all the players are giving everything out on the pitch. I’m not going to hide. Just as I respect everyone, they also have to respect me.

    “I respect Barca fans a lot. Even falling [early] in the Champions League [in recent seasons], they have stuck with the team.

    “It’s not easy when things are not coming off, but we have to live with that at the end of the day. We know that if we’re not at our best, it’s going to be hard. We have to be strong mentally to turn the situation around.”

    While the Catalans fans may not like the way their heroes have been playing lately, Messi and Co remain in contention for La Liga and the Champions League.

    Barcelona will spend the night two points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table, hoping for Real Betis to surprise Los Blancos on Sunday evening.

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