Barcelona defender Jordi Alba believes their Copa del Rey semi-final exit at the hands of Real Madrid will make them stronger for their upcoming crunch UEFA Champions League clash with AC Milan.
Barca's hopes of trophy treble in the final months of the season were shattered on Tuesday night as they lost 3-1 at home to arch-rivals Madrid in the second leg of their Spanish cup clash, going out 4-2 on aggregate.
That was a major blow for the Catalan giants and, while the Primera Division title looks almost certain to end up at the Nou Camp this season, their Champions League hopes also look in serious jeopardy as well.
Second-half goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari earned Milan a 2-0 lead in the first leg of their last-16 tie against Barca last week, and the Italian outfit will hope to finish off their opponents in Spain on March 12.
However, Alba, who scored a late consolation for Barca last night, says his side's cup exit will provide them with added motiv...