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Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba: It was like Sarabia had killed someone!

Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba rapped the Nou Camp crowd for whistling during victory over Real Sociedad.

The left-back thought he'd scored a second in second half stoppage time and, before he knew it would be ruled out for offside, he celebrated by putting his fingers in his ears in a gesture towards the home fans.

"No one likes it when the crowd are against you, and even more so at your own stadium," Alba said.

"I respect everyone, but they also have to respect me.

"The attitude is good and every player left everything on the field.

"I'm a person that doesn't hide.

"I respect the whistles, but they also have to respect me.

"No one likes playing badly or how we're playing at the moment but whistling in the 15th minute with the score at 0-0 doesn't please me.

"I respect the Barcelona fans a lot. They still supported the team after the Champions League defeats [to Roma and Liverpool].

"It's not easy when things aren't going well, but in the end, we have to live with it.

"We know that if we're not at our best, everything is going to be very difficult for us.

"We have to be strong mentally to rise to the situation."

Barcelona assistant coach Eder Sarabia has been criticised for his Clasico outbursts, but Alba came out to defend him,

"In the end, it was like he'd killed someone," Alba added.

"He experiences football intensely.

"The comments he made are the most normal ones in the world.

"In his place, I would've done the same, or even worse.

"No one missed the rest. We're not annoyed by anything."

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