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Dani Alves

Dani Alves / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ

The 0-2 against Manchester City is a good result “seeing that we scored two goals away from home and we didn’t concede,” said Dani Alves, who added that “we still have a second leg and we have to kill the tie off at home.” The Brazilian right back continued: “A lot can happen in 90 minutes, but we have an important advantage.”

The man who scored the second goal of the night highlighted “the fantastic work of the whole team” above any individual performances, and he admitted that he’s “pleased” with how his team played. “We knew that it was going to be a tough match, very hard, because the rival we were going up against are very intense.” According to Alves, Barça’s response “was to have possession and be a difficult side to deal with for them.”

More chances to score

The right back added that “we managed to create a lot of goalscoring chances and the result could have been better. We try to do our jobs better every day.”

Here are the statements made by some of the players after the match:

Andrés Iniesta:

“The result is fantastic for us.”

“After the penalty and the expulsion, they tried to pressure us. The goal was to retain possession and in the end we won.”

“The second leg is at home, but we can’t be overconfident.”

Cesc Fàbregas:

“I think it’s more difficult to beat us if we play this way, this is the path to follow.”

“We played an important role. We knew how we wanted to play, and that’s what we did.”

“We can all complain about something, but one team was superior to the other.”

Víctor Valdés:

“We have a good feeling about this, especially because of how we played and how we pressurd them.”

“Barça are always a rival that you have to think about. There’s a lot of talk about how we lack the pressure we had in years past.”

“We know that in a Champions League match you always have to suffer through at least 20 minutes of play.”

Javier Mascherano:

“The team stepped up, we played a great game. The result is really good for us and we know that the second leg will be difficult. City are a team that always create goalscoring chances.”

“We have to continue to play like this. You can never relax when you’re a Barça player. The decisive moments of the season are here and we are going to continue to fight for it all.”


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