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19.04.2010 19:06

Alves looking for a win

Edgar Fornós

Brazilian fullback Dani Alves told reporters on Monday in Milan: “We’ll go for a victory right from the start, as always. It’s vital to score an away goal to have options of going through”.

The first leg of this tough semi-final tie is in Italy but Alves insists that he and his team-mates will not be holding anything back: “We won’t play for a draw. We’ll try and leave the tie in our favour though we know that’ll be difficult. Scoring a goal in their stadium would be a great advantage for the return leg. That’s why we’ll go flat out”.

Mentality “Emirates Stadium”

The match against Arsenal in the quarterfinals in the Emirates Stadium in London was one of Barca's best performances of the season. “That’s the attitude we need to show against Inter in order to reach the final in the Bernabeu. If we play like we did that evening then we have a great chance of winning the match”.

Inter to attack

Italian football is famous for its excellence in defence so Alves knows that scoring will be a difficult task: “Tactically, Inter are a very good team. They defend to perfection but they also attack. I don’t expect a match like Saturday’s against Espanyol- very hard and defensive. They will also try and win the match”.

No more match bans

Dani Alves was sent off against Espanyol, reminding everyone of the ban that led him to miss last season’s CL final in Rome: “You suffer much more from the stands. I hope I don’t get sent off again because it’s a very disagreeable sensation. We’re on the verge of a great opportunity and we mustn’t waste it. If we reach the final, I hope I can take part because if not it would be a huge blow”.
Alves looking for a win

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A fun trip?
Dani put a rather brighter interpretation on the mammoth coach journey from Barcelona to Milan: “It was a bit long but with this bunch of lads everything passes more quickly because we have such a great time. It was fun and in the end we were able to rest more than we thought”.

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