Jordi Alba insists Barcelona can handle unusual kickoff

Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba insists they'll be in the right frame of mind for their clash with Getafe.

Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba insists they'll be in the right frame of mind for their clash with Getafe.

Alba has dismissed claims Barcelona will suffer against Getafe in their Primera Division clash tomorrow thanks to the early kick-off time and Spain's trip to Qatar in midweek.

"Getafe are a very difficult opponent," Alba told the club's official website.

"They are aggressive, have quality players and play good football. They will make things difficult for us, but the fact we are playing at 12 shouldn't be any excuse.

"February will be an awkward month with very difficult matches, but we have to maintain the same intensity in all competitions. The team is capable of doing that and has shown it in previous years."

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