Alba: We are lucky to have Pedri and Gavi
Barcelona defender has heaped praise on team-mates Pedri and Gavi.
who first played in LaLiga when he was 20 years old is in awe of teenagers
"They are very mature for their age. When I was their age, I was lucky that experienced people helped me adapt, whether it was to the national team, Valencia or Barcelona. I try to do the same,"
the 33 year old Alba told a news conference.
"We are lucky that many high-level players have come from Barcelona and that they are Spanish. At their age, I was playing at Cornella and they are playing European Championships and the World Cup. It's wonderful to watch them play."
Alba will captainSpain
when they take on Albania in a friendly on Saturday. It will be Spain’s first match in Catalonia since 2004.
"I expect a spectacular atmosphere, like in all the cities in Spain we visit, We haven't seen the national team in Barcelona for a long time. I'll be able to enjoy it with my people. Hopefully the party moves onto the pitch and we'll achieve our goal of winning the game."
Alba believes current Spain side can repeat the success of previous generations.
"They talked about it during the European Championship and we did well because there are very young people but with experience, and with the ability to play a World Cup," said Alba.
"People are leaving the national team due to their age and young people arrive. The work of the coach and his staff in that aspect has been spectacular.
"Whoever comes into the national team will respond, will do very well. Unfortunately, the European and world champions are retiring and those who come in will do very well."
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