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Jordi Alba dreams of trophy-laden year with Barcelona and Spain

Barcelona’s Jordi Alba has set his sights on a successful year, following Spain’s 1-1 draw against reigning World Cup champions Germany at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf.

La Roja started the brighter opening the scoring in the sixth minute through Rodrigo before Thomas Muller’s wonder-goal spared the hosts of any blushes.

Despite the draw, head coach Julen Lopetegui will be pleased with his squad’s performance as it puts them in good stead.

Alba’s trophy-laden plans

Post-match, full-back Alba expressed his desires and feels the possibilities he has are endless.

“It would be the best to win the treble and the World Cup,” he said, misty-eyed.

“First I have to do it with Barcelona, then win the World Cup, which I didn’t win last time.”

The Catalan club lead the La Liga table by 11 points with just nine games to go, while they face Roma in the Champions League quarter-finals and will challenge Sevilla for the Copa del Rey trophy next month.

Spain believe in World Cup glory

Asked on how far he thought Spain could go in Russia, he admitted there is no goal too big.

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“You have to dream with this national team,” he said. “We have had quite a lot of games playing at a high level and with a good dynamic.

“We have to keep improving, but we can dream.”

La Roja always improving

In the friendly with Die Mannschaft, both sides wasted big chances and the 29-year-old recognised the game could have gone either way but felt their were many positives to take.

“There are things to improve, but we know how good Germany are,” he explained.

“They practically play the same kind of football as us and we’ve done many things well, especially winning possession in their half.

“David De Gea made a lot of saves and we had some clear chances too.”

Spain continue their World Cup preparations in Madrid on Tuesday when they host Argentina, before sharing Group B with neighbours Portugal, Iran and Morocco at this year’s showpiece..

 

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