Barcelona’s Jordi Alba reckons that Barça must win the crunch game on Sunday if they have any hope of retaining their La Liga crown.
The Catalans are currently sitting four points behind the league leaders Real Madrid and he and his team are fully aware that any slip ups on Sunday evening could literally put the kibosh on Barcelona’s plans of winning the Spanish league.
Ancelotti’s men have charged to the top of the league and are in impressive form with Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema firing on all cylinders. Real have won 15 matches and drawn just 3 from 18 outings in the league.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Jordi Alba noted: “It’s vital to win away to Madrid.” “We have to win in order to keep our title hopes alive.
“We’re going to Madrid with the intention of winning the game. We know it will be difficult, but we want to play a good game and win.
“We will have to be very alert in defence because they are very dangerous on the counter.”
Jordi alba is also fully aware of the constant comparisons between the two club’s hottest stars – Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Alba believes it’s another great opportunity for these two to showcase their abilities.
“They are the two of the best players in the world,” he continued.
“I’ve always said that I prefer Messi, but we have to be honest and recognise that Ronaldo is a beast and a very important player for Madrid.”
The countdown has begun and it’s going to be one of those record-breaking “Clásicos” as far as audience share goes.
Both teams however are arriving at a good time and both are fresh from qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Sunday’s game looks set to break records and hearts I fear and Barcelona look like being up to the job.
Meanwhile, Manchester united knocked out Michel’s Olympiakos last night with a 3 nil victory at Old Trafford. All 3 goals came courtesy of Robin van Persie who looks like he’s started to fire on all cylinders for United. In the other draw, Dortmund squeezed through to the quarter-finals too with a 2-1 win over Zenit with boss Jürgen Klopp praising his players by saying that they deserved to be in the next round as they “always fight like wolves”.