Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has dismissed any suggestions that the Catalan giants’ season is falling apart and has called for everyone associated with the club to remain calm during this difficult period.
After three defeats in four games and with successive losses to arch-rivals Real Madrid in this run – both in the league and in the Copa del Rey semi-final - the Blaugrana are also 2-0 down in their Champions League round of 16 tie against AC Milan.
This has led to several questions being asked about the Spanish outfit, but Mascherano has hit back at any critics who are challenging their footballing philosophies.
“It is very easy to only analyse the last fortnight rather than the last five years,” he told the club’s official website.
“If anybody doubts the system, this club’s ideas, they should look back at the last five years and that should clear up any doubts.”
Barca face Milan at the Camp Nou next Tuesday, needing to overturn their two-goal deficit and shock defeat at the San Siro.
Mascherano though is fully confident the players can overcome their recent poor form and regroup to progress into the last eight of the competition.
“The best way to lift ourselves is to think about what we’ve got left. We have to think positively," he explained.
"Things aren’t going the way we want them to, and there are things we have to improve. But the only way to improve is by working hard and having a positive, winning mentality.
“We don’t have to go crazy, we just need to have the serenity and humility to find what we’re missing and from there go back to being the team we were a few weeks ago."
Mascherano has also come to the defence of Jordi Roura, who is continuing to deputise in manager Tito Vilanova’s absence.
He added: “He was brave enough to take over and the team has nothing but admiration for him and the way he has dealt with it."
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