On the first day back from a well-earned holiday, Jordi Alba made his debut for FC Barcelona’s first team. The left back donned the blaugrana colours in Barça’s fourth pre-season match of the summer, against Manchester United in Gothenburg. Tito Vilanova took Adriano off the pitch and sent out Barça’s newest player on 66 minutes. Alba only played for 24 minutes, but he did make a few runs down the line into Manchester United territory.

After the match the manager Vilanvoa said that “he made his debut without training with the team but he already knows a lot of the players. He knows how to play our style. We talked before he went out and he told me that he was feeling good.”

From London to Gothenburg

Curiously enough, Alba made his debut with FC Barcelona exactly one week after Spain were eliminated from the London Olympic Games. He played a couple of days ago against Morocco, and this Wednesday he realised the dream that every Barça youth player has: playing with FC Barcelona’s first team.