Spanish international Jordi Alba has claimed that some sections of the media are not happy that Barcelona emerged champions of the La Liga ahead of Atletico and Real Madrid.
With a comprehensive 3-0 win over Granada yesterday, Luis Enrique’s men won the title back-to-back and their sixth in eight seasons.
“I hope you [journalists] are happy, although I know that some of you aren’t,” Alba said.
“[Saturday] is a day to celebrate with the Barca fans who have been with us through the bad times.
“We suffered because we knew couldn’t fail. We deserved the League and we know how to appreciate it.
“We’ve won trophies almost every season and there’s a reason [why we have].
“[Luis Suarez] is the best striker in the world. In addition to his goals, he works for the team.”
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu paid tribute to Luis Enrique for doing “an extraordinary job” after back-to-back La Liga titles.
“I’m very happy for the title. We deserved it,” the President said after the game at Los Carmenes.
“We suffered fantastically to win the League. [The players] wanted the title and gave everything.
“It’s not been easy. It’s been a tough season, with a lot of pressure on us, but we deserve a lot of credit.
“We couldn’t be champions until the last day and this attests to the difficulty of the League.
“[La Liga] has showed again that it’s the strongest [League] in Europe.
“[Real] Madrid had a chance [of the title] until the last day and Atletico until the second-from-last.
“We knew that anything other than a win wasn’t worthwhile, but we have a great team, play great football and have achieved our objective, even after a rough patch.
“The final games of the season have been well worth seeing, and we’re certainly worthy champions.