Barcelona will stick with style - Jordi Alba

Jordi Alba

Barcelona's style will not change much this season under new manager Gerardo Martino, says left-back Jordi Alba.

This is the first time in five years that Barca are not managed by somebody to have been on the club's books as a player and/or coach.

Argentine Martino has never managed in Europe before.

"I don't think we're going to change much in our style or how we play. Things are the same at the back and I'm very comfortable," Alba told Marca.

Former Barca midfielder and B team boss Pep Guardiola replaced ex-Netherlands player and manager Frank Rijkaard in 2008. Guardiola won three Spanish titles, two Champions Leagues and two Spanish Cups - as well as two Uefa Super Cups and Fifa World Club Cups.

He was replaced by his assistant, Tito Vilanova, last summer. Barca won the league title, but lost in the Champions League semi-finals.

Former Paraguay and Newell's Old Boys boss Martino has only spent six months of his entire career outside South America - a playing spell for Tenerife in 1991.

Alba says they must do better than last season despite picking up the league title.

"No, I wouldn't settle for just winning the league," the 24-year-old Spain international said. "A team like Barca has to fight to win every competition it goes in for. We want to win everything: League, cup, Champions League and Supercopa."

Barcelona face Levante on Sunday in their La Liga opener - a match that will be covered by a live text on the BBC Sport website.

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