Barcelona defender Jordi Alba admits he’s excited about the arrival of Xavi as the club’s new coach and can’t wait to get started working for his former teammate.

Alba has been on nternational duty with Spain and featured in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Sweden that secured a place at the 2022 World Cup.

“We are going through difficult times. I trust that Xavi will help us a lot when it comes to helping us and improving each player,” he said.

We will try to do our best as always. He knows the club, the players and we are sure to respond. I can’t wait to be at his command.”

Alvaro Morata made the difference as Spain eked out a 1-0 win over Sweden on Sunday to book their place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup last night.

The left-back willl now head back to Barca to start work preparing for Xavi’s first game in charge and thinks the new boss can turn things around.