Jordi Alba makes his way from the bus into the team hotel in Rome, Italy on Tuesday. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Jordi Alba was the player who appeared before the press in Rome ahead of Barça’s opening fixture of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League campaign. “It’s important to win the first game. We are the holders and we want to keep winning, even though we know it will be difficult at Roma,” he commented.

At the same time, the defender spoke of the challenge of winning the Champions League on two successive occasions, which has never before been accomplished. “A club like Barça is always motivated. No-one has ever done it, but we shouldn't obsess over it either," Alba said. "We know it will be difficult to win everything again but we will try.”

Other statements from Jordi Alba’s press conference:

On the win at the Calderón

“We are stronger. It was a difficult match against a champion side, we had players missing and we were coming off the back of international week. The team responded very well and put in an excellent performance.”

On the recent meeting with Roma

“The Gamper match is not a reference point, it has nothing to do with the Champions League game. They are playing at home and they will be stronger at home in front of their own fans.”

On Messi’s 100th Champions League game 

“When Leo is on the field, everything changes in FC Barcelona’s favour. He is five steps above the rest.”

On the return of Gerard Piqué

“Piqué is a leader on and off the field.”

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