The full-back scored in a 4-2 second-leg triumph over the hosts on Thursday

Jordi Alba has hailed the inherent fighting spirit of Barcelona – even in difficult times – after they defeated Napoli 4-2 in the second leg of their round of 32 match-up on Thursday to advance 5-3 on aggregate.

Alba scored the Blaugranas opener in the eighth minute to put them on their way to victory.

Despite the disappointment of being in the Europa League rather than the Champions League at this point, Barcelona are attempting to make the most of the situation and earn a piece of continental silverware.

“Barcelona is always Barcelona!” Alba told Movistar+. “In good times and bad. Weve had difficult times and Im sure well continue to go through them. We have to be together. People are enthusiastic.

“I think we played a great game. Weve had a very good run of results and played very well.”

Xavi, meanwhile, spoke of the “courage” of his side.

“We showed a lot of courage,” he said. “Its an important victory against a rival that for me is a Champions League rival that gives us morale and confidence, but we have to be humble.”

“Were not favourites, not at all. We have to keep working with all the humility in the world. We havent done anything. Were only in the round of 16.”

Barcelona are out of the Champions League and in fourth place in La Liga, so winning the Europa League will be one of the main objectives for the remainder of the campaign.

Emerging victorious as the visitors at Napoli will offer hope that they can take the title even amid a difficult seaason.

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