Barcelona star Jordi Alba thinks they have what it takes to challenge for the La Liga title next season.
The Blaugrana have remained on track in recent weeks, despite withdrawing from the Copa del Rey and the Europa League in 2022, to avoid a league disaster.
Alba’s extra-time goal secured a 2-1 away win at Real Betis at the weekend with Xavi’s side confirmed as qualified for the 2022/23 Champions League with three games to play.
Xavi has declared his desire to end the campaign on a high and seal second place behind champions Real Madrid this month.
However, Spain international Alba is confident that the signs are pointing in the right direction and the Catalans can challenge Los Blancos from the start in August.
“We have improved but we are too late to win the league. Barcelona have to fight for everything,” according to reports from Marca.
“We have to win La Liga next year, there is a team and staff here to do that.
“The goal is to finish second and go to the Super Cup. We already have the Champions League secured.
“By playing as we are now, we can compete with Madrid. But the most consistent team wins the league and they deserve to win it.
Next up for Barcelona is a midweek home game against Celta Vigo before completing the campaign, with a trip to Getafe and a final day at Camp Nou with Villarreal.
Barcelona move five points up to second place overnight, with Sevilla finishing their game in hand at Villarreal tomorrow.
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