Camp Nou is Big And We Will Suffer: Dani Alves

Juventus' Dani Alves celebrates scoring their second goal.

Reuters / Rafael Marchante

Juventus defender Dani Alves believes his team will have a tough time against Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final, despite winning the first leg 3-0.

He said that the Camp Nou would be difficult to play at, and insisted that his side will have to score there to progress.

A double from Paulo Dybala and a header from Giorgio Chiellini​ won the game for the Italian side on Tuesday.

It could be considered a comfortable lead against most teams. But Barcelona pulled off an incredible comeback from 0-4 down after the first leg against​ Paris Saint-Germain, and this leaves no room for complacency.

Former Barcelona man Dani Alves also thought the same, insisting that the atmosphere at Camp Nou could make anything possible.

He said: “It is difficult for opponents and we have to be cautious because something has already happened at the Camp Nou, where the games last a long time. Camp Nou is big and we will suffer, but we will score goals and pass the tie.

“I think that at the Camp Nou you cannot go to defend the result. You have to go try to score, try to make it difficult for Barcelona and try to beat them.”

He added that Juventus gave Barca very less space, because of which they couldn’t do much.

“Our win had a lot of merit. Our effectiveness meant that Barcelona did not have spaces, they could not handle the game as they like and that is always a difficulty.”

A 3-time Champions League winner with Barcelona,  Alves admitted that it felt strange to compete against his former teammates.

“It was a strange sensation. I was happy but the sadness of my team-mates is also mine, so I did not celebrate the goal.

“I prefer to keep my happiness to myself in respect for the years I spent with them,” Mega reported him as saying.


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