Jordi Alba: Euro 2012 final counts for nothing now

The Barcelona defender says Spain's victory in the final of the European championship over Italy will have no bearing on the two sides' Confederations Cup semifinal.
Spain star Jordi Alba insists his side’s 4-0 win over Italy in last summer’s Euro 2012 final will not matter when the teams meet in the Confederations Cup semifinal in Brazil on Thursday.

The left back scored two goals in the win over Nigeria last time out and was also on target when the two sides met in Kiev last summer when Vicente del Bosque’s side won its third consecutive major trophy.

“This game will be different from the final,” Alba said at a pre-match press conference. “We put in an almost perfect game in every aspect in the final of the Euros but that is in the past now.

“Now we have to concentrate on imposing our own style of football which is what has been giving us the results we want.

“It is no mean feat to be the side that has shipped the fewest goals in the tournament. It’s vital that we do not concede any against Italy as well.”

The Barcelona defender is optimistic about the future of the national side, which is looking to win the Confederations Cup to complete its sweep of international honors, and he dismissed rumors of a late-night party on the evening the squad’s hotel was robbed.

“There are number of young lads in the first team. Things are great for us at the moment and the future is very bright," Alba said. “What is being reported [regarding a party] is completely false. There is nothing else to say about it and we have submitted a statement to the Federation.”

The winner of the all-European clash in Fortaleza will go on to face either host Brazil or its South American rival Uruguay in the Confederations Cup final.

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