Alba on the importance of Copa win over Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 27: Jordi Alba of FC Barcelona celebrates after team mate Luis Suarez had scored their team's second goal during the Copa del Rey Semi Final second leg match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Bernabeu on February 27, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona’s defender Jordi Alba praised the victory of his side over rivals Real Madrid and further suggested winning the trophy ranks high in their objectives.

The Catalans sealed a place in the Copa del Rey final for the sixth consecutive year running after brushing aside Solari’s men 3-0 on their patch.

And one man who was ecstatic with that victory was Spanish left-back Jordi Alba as he reiterated the importance of the trophy.

“We have given value to the Copa,” he said. “Real Madrid wanted it; many people were focussing before the game to liven it up.

“The excuse that it’s an insignificant trophy doesn’t cut it. We have suffered. In general, we’ve been good.”

Goals from Luis Suarez and an own goal from Raphael Varane secured an emphatic victory over Los Blancos.

“We’ve won by three goals, that’s not easy,” Alba said via Marca. “Ultimately we’ve won by a big margin. It’s a very good result for us, it makes us stronger.

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“We were the better side against a great rival, which is difficult in their stadium. They’re always a complicated team and we have won in a convincing way.

“Barcelona have scored seven goals in two games since having a free midweek last week.”The results are much better,” he said.

“We played quite well. In the first half we didn’t really turn up, but after we scored in the 50th minute, we were much better.”

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