Top LaLiga Defenders in 2018/19 – Jordi Alba

Jordi Alba

Barcelona’s left-back Jordi Alba was the highest scoring defender in fantasy LaLiga this season.

The attacking full-back scored a total of 84 points from his 32 LaLiga starts in 2018/19 as he helped the Catalan club on its way to another league title.

Alba had two goals and eight assists in the league and he averaged 2.63 fantasy LaLiga points per game.

Now 30, Alba has been a regular in this Barcelona team since his arrival from Valencia in the summer of 2012.

Alba received six yellow cards in LaLiga in 2018/19 and wasn’t sent off in any game.

He did, however, accumulate a minus-points total on 9 occasions throughout the season.

Those were:

  • Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Girona in September
  • Their 2-1 defeat at Leganes in the following game
  • The 4-2 home win against Sevilla
  • Barcelona’s 4-3 defeat at home to Real Betis in November
  • The 2-1 win at Getafe – Alba was booked
  • 2-2 at home to Valencia
  • The 4-2 win at Sevilla in February
  • 4-4 at Villarreal in April
  • The 2-2 draw at Eibar in May

Alba’s highest total in a game this season was seven points and he achieved this three times – a 2-0 win at home to Celta Vigo, the 2-0 win at Girona, and the 2-0 win at home to Atletico Madrid.

Alba was awarded five points in 12 other games showing the level of consistency the Spanish international was attaining for much of the season.

Barcelona’s left-back has now won five LaLiga titles, four Copa del Reys and a Champions League in his club career – all with Barca.

He has also tasted international success, winning the 2012 European Championships with Spain.

How long more Alba has left to offer Barcelona at the level he currently plays at is anyone’s guess but he has certainly shown no signs of slowing down just yet.

Alba continues to offer Ernesto Valverde’s side a brilliant attacking outlet on the left when his side is in possession, which is most of the time in LaLiga.

Barcelona exited the Champions League at the semi-finals stage at the hands of Liverpool after an extraordinary 4-0 defeat at Anfield in the second leg.

They had already tied up the LaLiga title before their Champions League defeat to Liverpool but the result certainly seemed to knock all the wind out of their sails.

Last weekend, Alba’s former club, Valencia, beat them 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final ensuring a miserable end to the season for Barcelona.

Alba and co will be keen to put this all behind them in time for the start of the 2019/20 campaign in Spain.

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