Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has said that the club pay no attention to Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho’s jibes.

Mourinho, whose team trail Barca by 11 points after the weekend’s action, suggested on Saturday that ‘other teams have more control over the scheduling than we do’ – seemingly a reference to the Blaugrana.

 “We don’t pay too much attention to it,” Alba told a Press conference today. “I do not know if it was our team referred to in these references but I’m just thinking of us because we have a good dynamic.”

The former Valencia fullback refused to write off the Merengues title hopes however, or to say if he had a preferred winner in next week’s Madrid derby.

“A club like Real Madrid will not think it is over, they will fight to the last game. It is a very important competition and Madrid try to win every title they can.

“Who do I prefer to win, Atletico or Real? Barca, I want us to win. We are 11 points ahead of Real but we can’t trust in that. We are only three points ahead of Atletico.”

Alba has been one of the few constants in a constantly changing Barca backline this season, right back Dani Alves suffering yet another injury last night.

“My start at Barca was a bit hesitant but now I’m feeling great, confident and totally adapted to the team.

“The injury for Alves is unfortunate, but we have [Martin] Montoya. It’s really nice that there are players in the cantera who can be important.”
 

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