Terrifying stats for Barca: they have only won twice without Alba this season
- The Spaniard is indispensable for Barca, they have only managed to beat third-tier side Cultural Leonesa without him.
- However, they have drawn against Valencia, Athletic and Tottenham.
- Moreover, Barca got beaten by Levante and Sevilla without the Spaniard.
- There is no natural replacement for the left-back.
Jordi Alba has been excelling for FC Barcelona of late as he has formed a fantastic partnership with Lionel Messi. So far this season, he has already provided 10 assists in both La Liga and Champions League. The Spaniard is literally indispensable as there are no other first-team left-backs within the Blaugrana ranks.
That's why the Catalans play very rarely without Alba in the starting line-up. Unfortunately for them, he was suspended for the most recent clash against Athletic Club. As a result, Barcelona only earned one point from this crucial duel and failed to extend their La Liga up to eight points.
It’s so Obvious Jordi Alba isn’t in the game.— Adeniyi (@Tunz_Adexcole) February 10, 2019
-No one to make use of stray balls
-No one to be in the perfect pair with Messi 😪
In fact, stats prove that Barcelona tend to win fewer matches without Alba within their ranks. They have only won twice without him since the start of the 2018/2019 season. Both these games arrived against Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey Round of 32. It is fair to say that the third-tier side shouldn't be hard to beat for Barca with or without Alba.
However, the Catalans were unable to beat high-profiled teams without their left-back. They drew against Valencia, Athletic Club and Tottenham. Moreover, they were defeated by Leganes, Levante and Sevilla. In all these games, Alba didn't feature. On the contrary, with the Spaniard on the pitch, Barcelona have an always perfect record: 22 wins, 6 draws and just one defeat.
Is it just coincidence that Barça’s win percentage this season goes from 76% with Alba, down to 25% without Alba?— Fiaz Hamzath (@fiaz_hamzath) February 11, 2019
The absence of a natural back-up for Alba is a real cause for concern at the Camp Nou stadium. Juan Miranda is the only other left-back within the Blaugrana ranks, however, he lacks experience as he features only for the reserves' side. Neither Sergi Roberto nor Nelson Semedo feels comfortable at Alba's position as they tend to play on the right.
Who could replace Alba?