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Dani Alves in the pre-game press conference ahead of Barça v Juventus | VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB

The game on Wednesday at 8.45pm CET at Camp Nou between FC Barcelona and Juventus promises to be a special one, none more so than for Dani Alves. The Brazilian returns to his former home for the first time with La Vecchia Signora in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final. “I am happy to be coming back to Camp Nou, I’m returning home. I am a Barça fan, all I experienced here was incredible but I will have to leave that all to one side once the game begins,” admitted the defender who left the blaugranes in the summer after eight trophy-laden seasons.

On his former club’s chances of making it through to the semi-finals via another sensational comeback, Alves said: “Right now I see it 60-40 to Juventus but it will be a long and tough match. We have a team that studies our rivals well and all my team mates know exactly what we have to do.”

“We know that we will have to put in a big effort but it will be worth it and if we managed to get past Barça, we will have knocked out the best team in the world.”

The right back was not worried about the reception he will receive on Wednesday at Camp Nou. “I think here a lot of people love me and I am just happy to be back home, regardless of what happens,” he reasoned.

In conclusion, the Brazil international had kind words for two former team mates, Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta. “They are club legends and as a Barça fan I hope they can remain at the club for a long time to come.” 

Allegri: “We have a great respect for Barça”

Juventus’ coach Massimiliano Allegri in his pre-game appearance before the press highlighted the “great respect we have for FC Barcelona, we know they are a potent force with a very important attacking trio.”

“Tomorrow we will have to put in a complete performance, attacking and defending very well,” he added.

“We have to be confident but we have to go into the game not thinking about the first leg result. To get through we will have to work very hard.” 

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