Jordi Alba registered an assist against Real Betis tonight. Barcelona scored a load of goals and won after a run of four games without a win. The Spanish international shared his thoughts right after the game.
Alba first acknowledged Lionel Messi’s undeniable impact. The Argentine’s superb game off the bench made a world of good to a team that looked already dominant. More importantly, La Pulga scored a goal from open play as well as gifting Griezmann an open goal opportunity. Alba reckons that goal will be crucial for the Frenchman’s confidence:
“Lionel Messi has made the difference. Me and the whole team want to have him on the field. He changed the game, and helped us to win.”Jordi Alba | Post-match press conference
“Griezmann needed that goal to boost his confidence.”
“This season we look better defensively. We are more compact, and doing a good job but in this league every team can hurt you.”Jordi Alba | Post-match press conference
This is a more delicate comment by Alba. The Catalan side conceded two goals. The second Betis goal, after they went down to ten men, is also worrying. While the full-back wasn’t bad, there were still many players bombing down the flanks and harassing the defence. Marc-André Ter Stegen in this form should never concede twice.
After four games without a win in La Liga, this game is refreshing for Culés. It’s a win against a dangerous rival, and the left-back is ecstatic to go back to winning ways. This win is exactly what the Blaugrana outfit needed before the break. It was important not to drop points today:
“I think we’ve been superior, but the second half, when they were one less, was easier. It was important today to win before the international break.”Jordi Alba | Post-match press conference
The players can feel the bad finishing. Here, Alba says nothing special. Before Messi came on, the Catalans had missed many chances and especially a penalty:
“We could’ve finished the game off in the first half. We had many chances, but we missed them.”Jordi Alba | Post-match Press conference
Alba was fair in his interview. He was not getting too ahead of himself but reckons that the team did a decent job. After four games without a league win, Barcelona are back. Hopefully, they can beat Atletico on the 21st of November.