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.
Team Leaders: Assists— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 7, 2017
4️⃣ L. #Messi
4️⃣ J. Alba
3️⃣ D. Suárez
3️⃣ S. Roberto
3️⃣ I. Rakitic
2️⃣ G. Deulofeu
2️⃣ L. Suárez pic.twitter.com/7EOkbFc9Yb
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.
4 - Jordi Alba has assisted Lionel Messi for 4 La Liga goals this season, the most assists from one player to another in 17/18. Connection. pic.twitter.com/3IWg08K2HX— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 30, 2017
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.