The win stemmed a run of disappointing results, possibly letting Ronald Koeman’s side find its footing at a crucial stage
Jordi Alba admitted Barcelona were far from perfect in their 3-0 league win over Elche on Wednesday but stressed the importance of the end result given the far worse showings that preceded it.
The club lost 4-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last Tuesday before drawing with Cadiz over the weekend.
Alba delivered Barcelona their third goal against Elche following strikes from Lionel Messi as a tepid opening 45 minutes gave way to a much stronger second half. The win moved them into third place in La Liga, behind Real Madrid and leaders Atletico Madrid.
What did Alba say?
“This will help our confidence a lot,” Alba told reporters.
“The draw (with Cadiz) was a huge blow to the whole team and showed that if we are not at our 100% best we find it very hard to win. We struggled on Sunday and in the first half here too but we were better in the second and the goals arrived.”
What’s next for Barcelona?
Barcelona will face Sevilla in consecutive matches – first in La Liga, and then in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final where they trail 2-0 on aggregate. Sevilla sits just two points behind them in the La Liga table.
Their last-16 decider against PSG, meanwhile, comes on March 10.