On Thursday afternoon at a promotional event, both Jordi Alba and Ivan Rakitić talked to the media about Barcelona’s excellent start to the season. A 3-0 Champions League win over Juventus on Tuesday followed three successive victories in La Liga and the Croatian emphasised that "it has been very important to start so well.”

The midfielder also referred to the renewed competition for places in the team, after the arrival of new players. “It’s always good when the Club buy new and good players, because that’s when we all want to give the best of ourselves.” Regarding his own reinstatement to the starting line up, he said that “every coach has his ideas and I feel very comfortable within the team."

Jordi Alba also recognised Barça’s good form. “We hope to extend the unbeaten streak for as long as possible but it will end someday because that’s what happens. The important thing is that we continue our good form.“

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