Alba: La Liga worthless with Madrid so far behind

The left-back had his tongue firmly in cheek when he criticised the value of victory this year and insisted that Barcelona remain the best in the world
Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba has suggested that his side's imminent title win feels worthless this season because of the point gap between themselves and Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old, speaking with his tongue firmly lodged in his cheek, bemoaned the lead that the Blaugrana have fashioned in La Liga but said that - Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich aside - the Catalunya club's season has been great.

"I'd give [this campaign] a very good mark," he told reporters on Friday. "In the [Champions League] semi-final games maybe we weren't quite good enough, the 4-0 was painful.

"Bayern were very good, at the top of their game, and we weren't good enough. The league appears not to be worth anything because we are so far ahead of Madrid..."

Jose Mourinho's compliments towards Barca have not gone down very well this week with Madrid fans but Alba believes that Tito Vilanova's side can still lay claim to being the greatest side on the planet.

"The facts are there. In the last few years Barcelona have been the best in the world, and in my opinion we still are," the Spain international continued. "I respect the opinion of every team. Barcelona in the last 10 years have won a lot of trophies."

The full-back also revealed his excitement at the prospect of his first league winners' medal and insisted that their game against Atletico Madrid - in which a win will guarantee the Primera Division title - on Sunday is the centre of the Barca squad's attention.

"If we beat Atletico, we'll be champions, and it doesn't matter what Real Madrid do. We are focusing on ourselves," Alba added. "This will be my first title and I'm very keen to be league champion."

If Real Madrid fail to beat Espanyol on Saturday then Barca will already be the new Spanish champions before their visit to the Vicente Calderon.