Friday , May 14 2021

Alba denies rift with Spain coach Enrique

Madrid – Barcelona experienced defender Jordi Alba on Tuesday denied any fall-out between himself and Spain's coach Luis Enrique after leaving Alba from two consecutive national squads.

Alba has been called by Enrique for the first time since he began his reign in July, for fixtures against Croatia on Thursday in the Nations League and a friendly home to Bosnia and Herzegovina three days later.

He had been frozen for games in September and October.

"Nothing happened between Luis Enrique and I, we never argue," said the Euro 2012 winner.

"Like every coach he makes his own decisions, we can agree or disagree with them, but I've never had a problem with him or his coaching staff."

Alba, who worked with Enrique at Camp Nou between 2014-2017, has scored two goals in an impressive start of the season to help the Catalans to the top of the La Liga table, despite Sunday's 4-3 home reduction to Real Betis.

A victory for Spain against World Cup finalists Croatia on Thursday would guarantee them a place in the Nations League final.

But Alba, a European champion with club and country, rejected comparisons with Croatia's 6-0 hammer two months ago.

"This match will not do anything about it, it will be in Crotia and it will certainly be very difficult," he said.

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