Alves wary of Barça criticism
Dani Alves believes that critics of FC Barcelona should remember the start to the 2008/09 campaign when the team started slowly and were given a bad press only to go on and win the treble.
The Blaugrana full-back was reacting to the defeat by Hércules and thinks that the similarities
between this year and two seasons ago are valid. "There is no need to become angry or to despair,"
he explained after training on Sunday morning. "It is not how you start a season, but how you
finish one. We were criticised a lot during the club's most successful ever yea but we went on to
finish very well."
Reflecting on the Saturday reverse against Hércules the Brazilian
recognised that things did not go well. "We had a bad day and when you have a bad day you do not
win," he continued. "However, it is better to lose now then to lose in the final straight. I hope
we do not drop any more points at home though and that the points that we have now dropped end up
costing us. We just have to stay calm and know how to come back."
Barça had little time to dwell on their first defeat as the focus has already
turned to the Champions League opener against Panathinaikos on Tuesday evening. "We are always
motivated in this team," Alves stated. "Only winning counts here and when we do not win we are
angry about it. Whoever we play against we are always motivated to win and the game on Tuesday will
be no different. We will go out there with the same desire, but we hope that we can be a bit
On the philosophy employed by the Blaugrana there should be not thought
of trying to change in order to beat teams that play with a more basic style, Alves believes. "We
have our own way of doing things and we do not think about changing," he explained. "If we can win
by three or more goals then we will do that. It is not only about scoring though, it is about
adding points, although here we play to win and entertain.. That is our philosophy and it will not
change. It is a philosophy that has done us a lot of good."