In another crucial game in the title race, Barcelona travels to Mestalla to face Valencia in La Liga this evening. According to Diario Sport, one intriguing matchup will be the battle of the left-backs, with Valencia captain Jose Luis Gaya set to face Barcelona veteran Jordi Alba. Luis Enrique will be keeping a close eye on the match because both players are vying for a starting spot at left-back for La Roja at Euro 2020.
Without a doubt, the two best left-backs in Spanish football, and Luis Enrique will have a difficult time choosing between them. Gaya has been the first choice, but Alba has been selected for the most recent national team commitments due to his outstanding performance. For example, Gaya started against Greece, but Alba provided two assists in Spain’s comeback against Georgia, and then another assist in the win over Kosovo.
Gaya has been outstanding for Valencia this season, often holding together a disjointed squad on his own. Alba has 15 assists this season compared to Gaya’s five, but Gaya has done so in a much weaker team. He has a bright future ahead of him at the age of 25, and he appears to be committed to Valencia. Alba played for Valencia before joining Barcelona, and given his competitive nature, he will be fired up to get the job done this evening.
Source: Football Espana