Barcelona defender Jordi Alba believes his facet needs to be given a guard of honor when Actual Madrid go to the Nou Camp for El Clasico this weekend.
Ernesto Valverde’s males sealed a 3rd La Liga title in 4 seasons with 4 video games remaining following their Four-2 win towards Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday that noticed Lionel Messi seize a hattrick and take his league tally for the season to 32 targets.
Earlier than the sport, Barcelona got a guard of honor by the house facet however the consideration now switches as to whether Madrid will give them one after they face one another this Sunday.
A guard of honor — the place the receiving crew is paid tribute by the lined up opposing crew — is historically given to the newly topped champions the next sport after their league triumph is confirmed.
Within the English Premier League, it is vitally frequent, nevertheless, in La Liga, it’s a controversial challenge. Barcelona notably gave Actual Madrid a guard of honor in 2008 however lately refused to offer one following Zinedine Zidane’s facet’s win within the Membership World Cup in December final yr.
Consequently, Zidane beforehand mentioned Madrid wouldn’t give Barcelona one in the event that they have been topped champions earlier than their El Clasico assembly however Alba believes it is just honest that the champions are given a guard of honor as a result of they each compete within the league, not like the Membership World Cup.
“It isn’t a call we take, everybody has respect for many who wish to,” Alba informed reporters, as per FourFourTwo. “The Membership World Cup was a contest we did not play in. On the [Santiago] Bernabeu, within the league, we now have beforehand carried out a guard of honour.”
“If they do not wish to give us a guard of honour it is going to be as a result of it comes from upstairs [management],” he added.
Valverde’s debut season as supervisor sees him full simply the membership’s eight-ever double, having guided Barcelona to a Copa del Rey triumph as effectively after they emphatically defeated Sevilla in a 5-Zero win final weekend.
Nevertheless, given the requirements of the membership, it’s nonetheless a disappointing season, particularly given the way of their Champions League quarterfinal exit to Roma that noticed them give up a Four-1 first leg result in lose their second leg Three-Zero on away targets.
Whereas Alba acknowledges the embarrassing Champions League exit, he says everybody on the membership would have taken a double in Valverde’s first season on the helm.
“It is a humiliation, the gamers have to indicate our faces, all of us make errors,” Alba mentioned of the Champions League exit. “Valverde deserves it [the double] greater than anybody, he is the sixth coach to have gained a double. He is managed the dressing room completely.”
“[The double] has solely been carried out eight occasions in Barcelona’s historical past and we now have to be very glad. Everybody would have taken it, though we all know that within the Champions League we have been knocked out badly. The double has been gained eight occasions and the membership was based ages in the past,” Alba added.