Jordi Alba tips Luis Enrique to win World Cup for Spain
Guiding Spain to the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and a second-place finish in the 2020-21 Nations League, Jordi Alba believes Luis Enrique got what it takes to bring La Roja glory this winter.
Being three years atBarcelona
between 2014 and 2017, Luis Enrique left his role to become La Roja coach and although he temporarily stepped down in 2019, he returned to his role even stronger as Barcelona defenderJordi Alba
hails the Spaniard as "the best coach in the world".
Alba toldMundo Deportivo:
"I already know him from Barcelona. He is a direct person, who trusts the players a lot.
"For me, I have always said, he is the best coach in the world. Not only in the football field, but also in the human field.
"He is very close and helps all his team-mates and that is important for all the players and for me. He has a lot of personality. He captures his idea and that all the players go in the same direction.
"It is something very difficult and he has achieved it in all the teams he has been in. We all go to what he tells us. At that he is the best."
Amid reports that suggest the left-back will exit Barca after his contract expiration, Alba added:
"As far as I am concerned, I feel qualified to continue here for many years.
"I think that when I'm playing I'm doing well and when I'm not playing I'll support my team-mates and try to help the younger ones as much as I can.
"I want to continue performing well. I've been here at Barcelona for many years and my intention is to stay here. Honestly, I didn't get any offer from that club, or from any other.
"I knew the opinion of the coach, who was counting on me. There has been talk for many years that I could go on loan or sign to another club. But my intention has always been to stay here.
"During these years I have worked hard for this club, then things will turn out for better or worse, but that will continue to be my intention until the end of the season and everything that remains on my contract."
"This year we have not qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and we are in the Europa League, but the people have continued with the players and that has been very important," he said.
"Now we have to try to return it in the form of titles. The deal with the fans has always been phenomenal."
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