Alba: “Don’t know why I’m not in”
Spain have started the upheaval after the failed World Cup. The most prominent victim of new coach Luis Enrique is Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba. A measure that hardly anyone can understand. And which apparently wasn’t explained to him either.
Spain played four World Cup matches and Alba was on the pitch four times over the full season (kicker average score 3.5). He is now completely absent from the line-up for the two matches in the Nations League against England (Saturday, 8 September) and Croatia (Tuesday, 11 September). Koke (Atletico) and Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid) will also be absent, as will Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo). The attacker, who scored a goal against Atletico Madrid 2-0, has since been nominated for Diego Costa (missing for family reasons).
Alba also gave the answer to his disembarkation on the field. In Barcelona’s 8-2 win over Huesca, he prepared two goals and used them to score 7-2. Also in the first two games Alba knew how to convince the team that there was no sign of weakness. And at 29 years of age, the 66-time international is far from out of the game. “I don’t really know why I’m not there,” Alba said on Sunday. “When I play badly, I know it, and when I play well, I know it. I have no choice but to respect the decision.” He did not see them coming, but he also did not expect to participate in the European Championship in 2012. “I’d like to be on the national team, but that’s the coach’s decision,” said the left-back.
No contact between Enrique and Alba
And this was apparently not personally communicated to him. Asked if he had talked to Enrique about the non-nomination, Alba said: “I don’t have to call anyone. It’s a decision he made.” The radio silence is all the more surprising as Enrique had coached FC Barcelona and Alba from 2014 to 2017. However, Alba himself does not have a problem with anyone on a professional level, he assured.
He didn’t say anything bad about his two opponents in the dress of Furja Roja. “This time Marcos Alonso and José Gaya are in the line-up, and these are two great players.” However, he did not check off the national team: “If I do my job well, I have a chance of returning to the squad.