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Jordi Alba talks Messi, Balde, Ansu Fati, Luis Enrique, World Cup

As Spain gear up for their opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup against Costa Rica in two days, veteran defender Jordi Alba sat down for a detailed interview with Diario AS, during which he spoke candidly about his situation at the club and his partnership with Lionel Messi, along with several other topics.

One of the most experienced players in a relatively young Spain squad, Alba will be participating in his third World Cup after taking part in the competition in 2014 and 2018. And looking forward to the tournament, the 33-year-old admitted it could be his last, saying:

“I am going to take this World Cup with a lot of enthusiasm, because it may be the last one for me. Spain have a young and exciting team and, although the opponents are difficult and the World Cup is a tough tournament, we have high hopes.”

Alba was part of the Spain team which won silverware for the last time in 2012 when they won the European Championships. A decade after that, the Barcelona ace will now look to help La Roja win the World Cup.

Talking about how he has changed since that triumph, Alba said: “I think I have matured as a player and as a person. I understand the game better and now that I’m a veteran I try to help the younger players, as they did to me in the past.”

Heading into the tournament, Spain suffered a setback, as Alba’s fellow left-back Jose Gaya picked up an injury and had to be replaced from the squad, with Barcelona youngster Alejandro Balde getting the call-up in place of the Valencia ace.

Balde has replaced Alba as the first-choice left-back at the club level and will now compete with him for a starting berth for La Roja. Talking about the 19-year-old, the veteran star said:

“Balde is a great player who hasn’t been in the elite for a long time, but he’s playing a lot of games for Barcelona and is learning very quickly. We have received him as one more, and from the first day, I try to advise him the best, here and at our club. Balde has an…

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Author : Michel Durant

Publish date : 2022-11-21 08:29:30

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