Alba is Barca's latest recruit after arriving in a
However, his new employer didn't want him to play in another tournament before the season starts for fear of burnout. Alba, though, was steadfast in his decision.
He told AS: "My dream was always to come to the Games. I had already spoken with (
"We have seen replays of the gold medal won in
Meanwhile, Alba's Olympic team-mate
"Being world and European champions doesn't give us an advantage or a disadvantage," he said. "It is true that the opponents could come with more desire to beat us but we have the same chance as everyone else and we have to win on the pitch.
"We don't feel pressured, but yes we are aware of the expectation. Now there is a new goal in Spanish football, to win the gold medal. Too much pressure is not a good thing.
"When you win titles nothing lasts forever, however perhaps we can also arrive at the final in these Olympics."
The Chelsea forward does though think that this tournament is the perfect stage for the younger generation to show they are ready to step into the senior side should they be required.
London 2012 has given women's football in the UK an 'unprecedented platform' on which to create a lasting legacy, according to the Football Association's head of national game Kelly Simmons.