Ex-Blaugrana defender Abidal took purpose on the gamers’ work-rate below earlier supervisor Ernesto Valverde, prompting Messi to reply by telling his former teammate to call particular people if desires to criticise the crew.
After Barca’s Copa Del Rey exit by the hands of Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, fellow participant Jordi Alba sided with the captain.
‘This club gets enough s*** thrown at it from the outside so we shouldn’t be throwing s*** at ourselves,’ Alba advised reporters.
‘Abidal was a player, he is loved by the fans and that’s why he ought to know what it’s like contained in the dressing room and the way gamers really feel.’
The 1-Zero cup defeat to Bilbao was their earliest exit from the competitors in a decade and new boss Quique Setien’s second defeat since taking on from Valverde in January.
Alba mentioned their inside struggles didn’t have an effect on their efficiency: ‘We showed that we are a team and that’s what we have to carry on doing.
‘I think we put in a great performance, one of the best of the season. It’s an actual disgrace we conceded the objective so late however that’s what soccer is like. I’m very happy with the crew due to how properly we performed.’
£112million man Ousmane Dembele additionally suffered an enormous damage setback, with the membership revealing on Tuesday that he requires an operation on his hamstring.
The younger Frenchman who has solely made 5 league appearances this season is ready for an prolonged interval on the sidelines.