Players usually show up in the field as a reflection of what they are outside of it. Jordi Alba, an intrepid side who does not hesitate to percuss on rival defenses, has also been brave on Tuesday. "I do not regret anything, in his day I showed my desire to play, nothing more, nor Luis Enrique has to ask me for forgiveness and I have to ask him," he said at a press conference on his return to the selection after his absence in the first two lists of the Asturian coach.
In it has also used to deny the rumors that point to possible personal quarrels between him and the coach in the last year of this in front of Barcelona: "We must not forget the past because nothing has ever happened between him and I. I really did not have the minutes I wanted in the last season, but I've never had a problem with him or his coaching staff. "
Alba has been the main object of debate of a selection that, until the defeat by 2-3 in the Benito Villamarín before England, worked like a clock. Even after particularly brilliant games like the 6-0 that Spain endorsed Croatia, runner-up in the world, a question resonated with force: Why is not Jordi Alba?
The intuition pointed to the words pronounced by Alba on June 2, 2017, in which the Catalan celebrated the arrival of Ernesto Valverde when the Asturian coach left the Barça entity. "I'll do better with Valverde than with Luis Enrique," he said then. "I said the phrase only for the subject of minutes, and I do not regret saying that I want to play more … It's the same with Valverde as with Luis Enrique: if tomorrow they do not put me, I'll have to fuck", he clarified the lateral on those statements.
Two goals and six assists in this start of the season support the good form of Alba, apart from the first two calls in favor of Gayá and Marcos Alonso. It was precisely for the band defended by the Chelsea player, where Sterling successfully exploited the backs of the wings and center backs, the space in which most damage did England.
This was recorded in the notes made by the coach before the break, captured by the laSexta cameras. In them, together with the idea of "Sterling off-hook" appeared two other keys: "Uncoordinated pressure" and "individual errors". Alba is a good connoisseur of the system of Luis Enrique, with which, beyond the final differences, won in 2015 the last Champions League Barca: "I have two workouts and I've seen things very similar to what he did in Barcelona. We both have character, Luis Enrique knows me perfectly, just as I did him: he helped me a lot in his day, "said the lateral.
The one of Hospitalet will try to recover a fixed position in Spain this Thursday in Zagreb (20.45, TVE), before more than 30,000 Croats with desire of revenge after the defeat of the Balkan selection by 6-0 in the first party. There, Spain will play the pass to the final four of the League of Nations. "I've always said that my goal was to do well in my club to come to the national team and that the call is a prize from the coach, I hope I can stay here," said Alba, while thanking Sergio Ramos and Gerard Piqué the support shown publicly in his favor in recent weeks.