Alba proud of La Masia success

Barcelona's Jordi Alba hopes the number of home-grown players in the first team can serve as an inspiration for the club's next generation.

Football News: Barcelona

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The Catalan side visited Levante for their La Liga fixture over the weekend in what proved to be another day at the office for Tito Vilanova's men, as they pulled off a 4-0 win to maintain their unbeaten record at the top of the league table.

An early injury to full-back Dani Alves resulted in a call-up for Martin Montoya from the bench, and Barcelona played out the remaining 76 minutes with a line-up consisting entirely of La Masia graduates.

Alba told the club's official website that the players of the youth team should feel encouraged by the unique circumstances which took place at Levante.

"[It] is good news for the kids in the academy – they can see they can reach the first team if they work hard," he explained.

"We’re very happy about it, but there other players in the squad who have come in from outside too and they are also very important."

Vilanova watched with pride as a brace from Lionel Messi in addition to a goal apiece for Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas ensured Barcelona stayed three points ahead of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile, fierce rivals Real Madrid slipped up to lose to Real Betis, but the Euro 2012-winning full-back refused to rule anyone out of the title race just yet.

"We will be looking to win next week and we shouldn’t be worried about what’s happening in other games that don’t involve us, just looking at our own performances. What is good for us is simply that we win," Alba stated.

"They [Atletico] are having a great season and they are challengers for the league. They could easily overtake us. You can’t rule out anybody - a club like [Real] Madrid (currently 11 points adrift of Barça) will fight until the last game of the season to win the league."

Barcelona will welcome Athletic Bilbao to the Camp Nou for their La Liga game this Saturday.

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