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Jordi Alba: “If we don’t win, there’s noise”

Alexandre Patanian

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Jordi Alba came on as a substitute against Dynamo Kyiv. The defender did not have a stellar game but was not particularly bad. He spoke to the media after his team qualified for the round of 16.

“Mingueza has been very good. It didn’t seem like it was his first game with us.”

“Dest fits in perfectly with the characteristics he possesses.”

Jordi Alba | Post-match press conference

It is great that Alba, a club veteran, is speaking nicely about the youngsters who are much needed for the future of Barcelona. Performances and praise like these will help the youth with their confidence.

Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs on the planet. If they lose, there will be critics. It happens to other super clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester City, or Liverpool as well. The left-back should be well accustomed to the pressure by now, especially when he has spent close to a decade in Catalonia.

“I’ve been here for nine years, and it’s always the same. If Barcelona don’t win, there’s noise.”

“We have lost many points in La Liga, it’s true that we have to improve a lot.”

“We are seeing that other teams also have difficulties to win every game. It’s not just us.”

Jordi Alba | Post-match press conference

Barça have more points in the Champions League than in La Liga. It is time to start improving. The Catalans have to win their remaining games of the year, and Alba completely understands the situation. It begins with a win against Osasuna on the weekend.

Juventus struggled to beat Ferencvaros, Real Madrid have dropped many points in the league and PSG are in a precarious position in the Champions League. These big clubs have had a rough to the season but it should not be an excuse for Barça. The Catalans have been slacking in the recent games and they need to rectify it.

As a Lebanese teenager who never had the chance to support their local team, I fell in love with the club that was FC Barcelona at the start of the decade. I always was passionate about writing and this is exactly what I am looking for: sharing my insights and opinions on football.

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Gerard Pique appoints Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra

Udhav Arora

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In an interesting turn of events, Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. Sarabia served as Quique Setien’s assistant during the Spaniard’s six-month tenure at Barcelona ranging from January to August before the coaching staff was sacked for a humiliating exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Pique’s Kosmos Holding Group bought Andorra, who operated in the Tercera Division – the Spain’s fourth tier, in December 2018. After raising enough funds, and going on a 22 match unbeaten run, Andorra replaced CF Reus in the Segunda Division B.

After the dismissal of Gabri Garcia following a poor run of form, Nacho Castro was appointed as the head coach. After nearly a year in-charge, on January 18, Andorra announced through a press release that Castro would not be continuing at the club. Three hours later, Eder Sarabia was appointed.

This appointment has come as a surprise to Barcelona fans considering Sarabia’s controversial tenure with the club. The Spaniard had been on the end of several heated discussion with club captain Lionel Messi, with videos releasing of the assistant shouting and cursing at the players during a game against Celta Vigo last season.

Andorra currently sit second in Group III-A of the Segunda Division B, three points clear of Barcelona B. The two are set to meet on 7th February in Round 15 of the third division. The Encamp outfit won the last meeting, held in November 2020, between the two with a goal from Carlos Martinez Rodriguez enough to scrape a 1-0 win through.

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