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Jordi Alba: I’m better off without Neymar at Barcelona

The defender says he has more space to run into

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Jordi Alba says he is better off without Neymar at Barcelona and is enjoying his football once again following the departure of the Brazilian.

The full-back has four assists this season, joint top with Lionel Messi, and also seems to be enjoying life under Ernesto Valverde.

Alba says Neymar’s departure has given him more space and that he is happier without the Brazilian in the team.

"He is a great player who, due to his circumstances or feelings or thoughts, decided to leave," he said.

"In the end, there are still many more guys who can do a good job and I am delighted with the people there.

"As I said before, I have more space to run into and honest, for me, it's much better.

"I have regained confidence. With more space on the left I am very comfortable and that is demonstrated in the field. I'm enjoying it in a way I haven't for a long time."

Source | Mundo Deportivo

The left-back’s relationship with Messi has been pretty awesome this season, as shown by Opta.

As well as Alba’s impressive attacking stats he has also been part of a Barcelona defence which has still only conceded four goals in La Liga this season. However, that record will be tested after the international break with some tough fixtures on the way.

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