Former La Roja left-back Joan Capdevila spoke recently in praise of his successor Jordi Alba, after the latter scored a goal in Spain’s 2-0 win over Finland on Friday. The 35-year-old, now playing at Espanyol, had this to say: “Of course he was going to go one better than me. Jordi is an incredible talent. He’s on course to fast become the best in the world. He’ll be better than Roberto Carlos … Along with Marcelo, he’s the best left-back.” High praise, merited by Alba’s stunning five goals in only 24 games for the national team, but perhaps also a bit undercut by Alba’s defensive deficiencies – apparent as Barcelona’s opponents have repeatedly targeted their attacks down Barça’s left in recent matches. Regardless of his flaws, I look forward to Alba developing and maturing as a player, and hope Capdevila’s bold prediction will come to fruition.
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