ALVES STICKS UP FOR YOUNGSTERS

The Barcelona defender Dani Alves has said that the Brazilian fans should not be criticising the team if they have a bad performance. Instead, they should at least be praising and encouraging the youngsters within the squad.

Brazil will be hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As a result, there is a lot of pressure in the football crazy nation for them to lift the trophy in their own backyard. Dani Alves acknowledges that it certainly will not be easy especially given that the home support, which is expected to provide a lot of stick if something goes wrong, will not be able to motivate them.

Dani Alves unhappy with Barcelona

The 29 year old right back, who has been a key member of the Blaugrana team since joining from Sevilla for £23 million in 2008, has publicly stated his unhappiness with the club for not moving to deny any speculation that he would leave the club.

Following the Catalan side’s failure to reclaim their Champions League crown after being knocked out in the semi-finals by eventual winners Chelsea, the Brazilian was reported to be on the way out of the club having allegedly had a number of bust-ups with then manager Pep Guardiola.

Big spending Manchester City were the side thought to have the most realistic prospect of signing Alves, with firstly a £28 million bid then a player plus cash deal involving Aleksander Kolarov touted in the media.

ALVES UNHAPPY WITH RUMOURS

The Barcelona right back Dani Alves has criticised the supporting staff at the Catalan club for bringing up rumours regarding his future. The 28-year-old former Sevilla right back was one of the first signings of the Guardiola era.

He has been instrumental in helping Barcelona lifted the 14 trophies they have acquired the last four seasons. However, there have been recent rumours that Dani Alves could be interested in a new challenge, with many Russian clubs keen on signing him. The Brazilian international has been having a niggling injury prior to the start of the pre-season, but he has revealed that he is fit and ready to start the pre-season.

ALVES WANTS BARCA STAY

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has confirmed that he wants to remain at the club till the end of this current contract. The Brazilian defender has been linked with a move away from Barcelona after a dip in his performances lately.

The former Sevilla defender was dropped for the second leg encounter against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final. It was a match that Barcelona managed to draw 2-2. As a result, they were eliminated from the Champions League.

Following the exit from the Champions League, Barcelona manager Guardiola announced his decision to step down from his post. Dani Alves was signed by Guardiola, which has sparked rumours that he might leave at the end of the season.

DANI PLAYS MIND-GAMES

The mind games between Barcelona and Chelsea have begun ahead of the meeting between the two clubs in the semi-final of the Champions League, as Barcelona defender Dani Alves has said that it was the lack of courage within Chelsea that was the reason for their elimination from the highly controversial 2009 Champions League.

A stoppage time goal from Iniesta enabled Barcelona to go into the final at the expense of Chelsea on away goals, but the London club were clearly denied at least four good penalty shouts. However, Dani Alves has said that Barcelona players can do nothing about the refereeing decisions, but they managed to go to the next round because of their will to win.

BENITEZ RUES MISSED ALVES CHANCE

Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has said that his club came extremely close to signing Barcelona right back Dani Alves a few seasons ago.

However, they had to pull out of the deal due to the lack of cash to sign the right back, who is regarded by many to be the best in the world.

The Spaniard has also revealed that he tried to sign Fiorentina star Stevan Jovetic while he was at Liverpool. Benitez has often been criticised for not being able to build the team capable of winning the league, despite having more than half a decade to do so. However, the former Valencia manager reckons that it was due to the lack of cash he was unable to bring in quality talent to Anfield.

ALVES WANTS PERSPECTIVE

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has said that the club and the players should take responsibility if manager Pep Guardiola leaves the club in the summer.

Guardiola is out of contract with Barcelona at the end of the season. His contract will be coming to an end on June 30, but there seems to be no sign of negotiation. This is because Guardiola has said that he still needs more time to solve his future. There has been speculation that Guardiola is finally thinking that he has achieved everything with Barcelona and wants a new challenge in life. It is thought that Chelsea is one of his destinations after the London club recently sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Now, a replacement has been found for Andre Villas-Boas, as Chelsea have appointed assistant manager Roberto di Matteo on an interim basis, with a new boss coming in in the summer. All this appear to suggest that Guardiola is moving to Chelsea in the summer.

BARCA NEED TO FINISH THE JOB

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has said that the club needs to finish the job of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the second leg match against Bayern Leverkusen at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona come on the back of a 3-1 lead in the first leg. There have been suggestions that Barcelona will become complacent in the second leg due to the significant advantage they have in the tie. However, Dani Alves has said that it will be a match that will be regarded as one of the most important of the season by Barcelona players.

The Brazilian defender also said that the club needs to finish the job they started in the first leg. The three goals scored against Bayern Leverkusen will be one of the strong points that will make Barcelona feel secure at home.

ALVES RUES LACK OF BALANCE

Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves has said that there have been times this season when Barcelona have been lacking balance in the team, which has contributed to the 'not so great' performances in the domestic campaign so far.

As a result of it, Barcelona find themselves seven points behind leaders Real Madrid. It is often spoken that even a few point advantage in the Spanish league makes a huge difference because of the lack of competition provided by the teams other than Real Madrid and Barcelona in the division, so the seven-point advantage feels huge at the moment.

In order to avoid repetition, Barcelona coach Guardiola has changed the formation and tactics quite often the season. Dani Alves is of the opinion that it has resulted in a situation where the team does not have the right balance.

ALVES REJECTS MOURINHO SLUR

Barcelona’s victory of the Club World Cup created quite a stir of excitement among the Barcelona players and fans who were elated at the victory.

However, as always there have always been the peers trying to look for faults and find means to put the winning team down in shame. The same happened a few weeks back when Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho made critial comments about Barcelona.

However there was no stopping Dani Alves from proclaiming that Barcelona was one of the best teams of the world despite the criticism from other peer teams.

Dani Alves has been extremely happy because he put up an excellent performance which finally led to his team achieving the victory title for the cup defeating Santos in the final with a 4-0 score, with odds at close to evens to win, it was possibly the best football bet of the season. This has been their 13th trophy with coach Pep Guardiola.

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