Messi-Alba mixture is nearly unstoppable – Koeman

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Ronald Koeman believes the combination between Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba is almost unstoppable for Barcelona.

Messi set up Alba's opener and Ilaix Moriba's sealer when Barca recorded a 2-0 LaLiga win in Osasuna on Saturday.

Messi has backed eight of Alba's last 16 goals for Barca in all competitions.

Koeman, whose side closed within two points of leaders Atletico Madrid, said the duo's connection was almost impossible to stop.

"You can see in every game that our opponents are trying to hide this by trying to block Messi's pass to pass the ball behind Jordi Alba," the Barcelona coach told a press conference.

"So at many points in a game it is not possible to switch between them." But I don't think you can stop these two players and this connection between Messi and Jordi Alba because it's something brilliant.

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“There are always moments in a game when this pass appears and the two of them are calm enough on the ball to seek it out. You can pick it up very easily and really do it at the right time.

"You can't really stop it because it's just a natural instinct."

Atletico have played two games fewer than Barca. Diego Simeone's side will face Real Madrid in the derby on Sunday.

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