Speaking before Tuesday’s game in Copenhagen, Dani Alves believes the team are “gradually improving with every game and there’ll be no going back - we are heading for the highest level”.
The Brazilian full back is convinced that the team’s improvement will continue against the
Danish champions, but “we shouldn’t look beyond tomorrow’s game –
we’ll have to come out fired up, just like we did against Seville, with determination, with
our style of play and our football”.
There’s no room for mistakes in the Champions League and Alves reckons:
“if you get it wrong here, you’ll pay a high price, we really do have to be more
focussed than ever. I don’t think the result was in danger when we played them at home, even
though N’Doye hit the post, but we do have to very careful with a number of things on
Tuesday. We can’t just look at their keeper, or their defence, midfield or attack –
they have some interesting players throughout the team and they play as a team too. They are very
well organised and it’ll be a tough game for us”.
Alves refused to put the team’s improvement down to improved fitness: “we are
physically fit at the moment and we have been for a few weeks now. You shouldn’t confuse
physical preparation with bad luck, which is what affected us in front of goal in a few games. We
were fine and we still are”.
Quizzed about his recent attacking role, Alves explained: “what
happens is that our opponents are playing with just one man up front, with maybe a second joining
in from midfield. That means the boss has to look for different attacking options and fortunately
that I play in a more advanced position. You always have to look for something new to surprise your
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Cafú is role model
Alves was asked to comment on a few other historic attacking Barça full backs - Rifé, Ferrer or
Belletti, but he again insisted that the ex-Milan and Roma full back Cafu, who won the World Cup
with Brazil in 1994 and 2002, “is my reference and idol”.