Alena: 'Messi does what he wants with us in training sessions'
- Barcelona youngster is impressed by 'unique' and unpredictable Lionel Messi
- Alena suggests it is easier to play when you are surrounded by the best players in the world
On Leo Messi
"He is outrageous. He does what he wants with us in training sessions, you don't know what he will do next. It's unique."
On if growing up at La Masia gives advantages
"Yes, the idea of the football is the same, but the level increases a lot, the ball flies. Before receiving the ball you must already know what your next step will be."
"You are talking about the best team in the world, it's not easy, but at the same time, playing with them is much easier. I don't know how to explain."
This month, Alena made his first league appearance since 2017 when he managed to play three La Liga games after making his debut on April 2 against Granada.
The midfielder's current campaign started later due to the muscle injury he picked up in mid-season that prevented him from participating in Barcelona's US tour and pre-season preparations. After fully recovering, Alena played two games for the first team so far.