​Pep Guardiola claims that current Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde doesn't deserve the criticism he is currently receiving following a poor season for the Catalan giants.

Barça were dumped out of the Supercopa de España at the semi-final stage following a disappointing defeat to Atletico Madrid and pressure seems to be exponentially rising for Valverde. 

They currently sit atop the La Liga table on goal difference, but have won only one of their last five games including concerning derby day draws with Real Madrid and Espanyol.


However, former Barcelona manager Guardiola took the opportunity to speak out on the issues at Camp Nou, suggesting Valverde shouldn't be getting the criticism he's currently enduring.

As quoted by ​Marca, Guardiola said: "I feel bad for Ernesto Valverde. He doesn't deserve this.

"I hope the situation can be resolved soon, I wish that as a club member. That's all."

Guardiola, speaking after ​Manchester Cit​y's 6-1 demolition of Aston Villa, knows all too well the pressures facing a manager in the Barcelona hot seat. The 48-year-old left Spain in 2012 following an incredibly successful spell with the Catalan side where he earned legendary status both as a player and coach. He took a sabbatical from football before taking up the Bayern Munich job a year later.

However, ​Barça are far from the side they were under Guardiola's tutelage and it seems only a matter of time before Valverde is replaced, with some people even suggesting the City boss could return to the Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona host Granada next Sunday knowing a convincing victory would most probably see them maintain their place at the summit of ​La Liga, despite Real Madrid breathing down their neck.

But the current league champions will be wary of their weekend opponents, having lost 2-0 to the promoted side back in late September.