Jordi Alba has spoken about his personal situation at Barcelona and in the national team and discussed how his side is approaching this Sunday’s Clasico at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
The left-back says that Xavi Hernandez’s team are heading into the match against Real Madrid with the intention to win and challenge for the LaLiga title.
“Our intention is to go to the Bernabeu to win and keep fighting for LaLiga,” he told the press.
“The Clasico is going to define the rest of the season.”
Club legend Xavi took over from Ronald Koeman as head coach and has had the side playing some very good football in recent weeks.
“His arrival as coach was fantastic news for the dressing room,” Alba said.
“He knows the club inside out, for better and for worse, and that gives you a lot of confidence.
“The feeling around the place is better now. I see the motivation in the teammates and in the fans.”
He also looked ahead to the 2022 Qatar World Cup with Spain.
“It will be my last World Cup,” he admitted.
“I’m coming at a very good time and I hope to be on the coach’s list and try to win another World Cup.”
Alba hopes that as many of his teammates as possible make the squad for the World Cup finals, just like what happened when Spain won the tournament in 2010.
“As a Barcelona fan, I hope that as many players as possible come from here, like in those days when they were all very good.
“There are people here with a very good future. It’s a joy to watch players like Gavi and Pedri.”
Finally, Alba admitted that the day he finally retires will be hard, but that he’s feeling good at the moment.
“I feel good,” he said.
“I try to take care of myself. I’ve been at the elite level for many years and I can continue to improve in many aspects of my life.
“It will be hard when the day comes. I still have a long way to go.”