"Nothing has happened to Barça” insists Daniel Alves
Daniel Alves insists Barcelona “are fine” despite losing their last two matches.
Gerard Martino's side were defeated 2-1 in the Champions League by Ajax, before losing 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Their dip in form has led to questions being raised about the Argentinian manager, but Alves maintains everything is fine at the club, while noting opponents benefit from playing with less pressure.
"Nothing has happened to Barça," he told El Mundo Deportivo, as reported by GOAL.com. "What happens is that the requirements get bigger each year.
"We are fine. The problem is that people want to compare us with Pep's Barca and the six cups won in 2009 and that cannot be. Years pass, people come and go, the philosophy of work changes.
"You cannot start to doubt this squad, which has done the greatest things for the club. It seems people are waiting for the slightest thing to take us down, but we are very strong."
"Our rivals now have much less to lose when they play us. If they lose, they do so against the best in the world and that is their excuse.
"On the other hand, if we lose, it is news and it fills all the newspapers. And if there are two defeats in a row, we take shots from all sides.”
Alves has made 15 appearances for Barcelona this season, scoring twice. He joined the Catalan giants in July 2008 from Sevilla for £23 million, plus add-ons.
The 30 year-old, who has been capped 72 times by Brazil, started his career with Bahia and recently stated that he would like to end his playing days with the Salvador-based club.