Iniesta and Alves in Tbilisi / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Ahead of training at the venue for tomorrow’s European Super Cup, Andrés Iniesta and Dani Alves have appeared in the press room to evaluate Barça’s form coming into the game. The new blaugrana captain recognized the “honour” of the role but revealed himself to be blessed because, “I have the fortune to be in a fantastic dressing room.”

Dani Alves, for his part, highlighted what it would mean to lift the Super Cup oN Tuesday in the Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi: “We have the chance of winning another trophy, which would be a great start.” Jokingly, the Brazilian added: “It would be the best way for Andrés to start his captaincy.” The full back reflected on his 2006 victory in the competition when he was a Sevilla player against Barça, claiming “the role of favourite you have to earn out there on the field.” Alves, like Iniesta, rejected the role of favourites for the first title of the season.

Other statements from Andrés Iniesta and Dani Alves:

Andrés Iniesta

“We know each other very well, us and Sevilla and they have a great coach in Unai Emery.”

“Having Leo Messi in your side is almost a guarantee of success. We have enjoyed his talents for many years and I hope he can continue in the same vein.”

“Last season we got better and better, as it has to be when there have been changes. The team grew during the campaign and in the end we were successful. We have to keep growing.”

Dani Alves

“I decided to stay at Barça and I did so with the same enthusiasm as always for winning.”

“It’s a shame that Neymar can’t play, but we have other good players to take his place.”

“It is always special playing against Sevilla, even though after so many games against them you get used to it.”

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