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Alves during the press conference / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

After the 4-0 triumph against Real Madrid on Saturday, the focus now turns to the Champions League. Luis Enrique’s side take on AS Roma for Matchday 5 of the group stages. After training, Dani Alves appeared before the press to speak about the physical and mental state of the team.

“The morale of the team is very high because the Clásico is always a difficult match to win. When you win, especially in the way we did, you gain confidence and leave with the feeling that you are doing things well,” said the full-back.

El Clásico

Alves was keen to highlight the good performance at the Bernabéu: “It was not down to the demerit of our opponent, but to the great merit of ours. It was a game in which Madrid were far inferior. We were incredible in all areas. We did not allow them to have options and I think we played better than in the 6-2 (win in 2009) because on Saturday we controlled the game and dominated.”

The Brazilian, however, stressed that Barça must now remain focused on the main objective: “It is great to have won the match against Madrid, but the ultimate goal is at the end (of the season). If you win the Clásico but do not win titles, you are left to look silly."

Barça’s secret

“The key to winning these games is to have a great team with ambition,” said Alves. “Our objective is always to be better than before but this is only proven if we win titles. We are on track.”

Alves has been with the club since 2008 yet he feels that the team continues to evolve despite various changes that have taken place over the years.

“Barça has revolutionized football in recent years, for the good of those who love this sport,” he stated. “Over the years, different managers have passed through the club but the concept remains the same. For this, I believe Barça has changed the history of football,” he concluded.


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