Dani Alves: “The objective was to recover the team’s spirit”

The team celebrating a goal in the 4-0 win against Bilbao / FC BARCELONA

Barcelona have once again won a match in incredible fashion. This time by 4-0 against Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou. After the final whistle, Xavi, Pedri and Alves all gave a few words to the press. Here is what they had to say.

Xavi Hernández has turned this Barça squad into an incredible team in just over three months and has inspired a new hope among fans. This is what the man from Tarrasa had to say after the ninety minutes against Bilbao:

On the match

“We have been very successful in the buildup and applying pressure after loss of possession. That is what we have worked on. And again the fans have been amazing.”

Regarding the team

“The feeling is that the team is getting better. The team is training very well, that’s why we are having great results. Scoring four against Athletic is not easy at all, Marcelino’s teams are always hard-working.”

On their aspirations for LaLiga

“Right now we are fourth, we will go for the third spot, then for the second and if we can we will try to reach first. We have to be realistic, humble and keep working, nothing more.”

Regarding Pedri’s talent

“Beyond the details, it is incredible how he understands the game. It is wonderful to watch him play. He reminds me a lot of Andrés Iniesta, there is no talent like his. If we talk about pure talent, he is the best footballer in the world, for sure.”

On Ousmane Dembélé’s incredible match

“We have seen the Dembéle that we want and what he is capable of doing. Will he continue? I can not say, it is a question for the club and for Ousmane. In football nothing can be ruled out. I have always said that in his position he can be the best. This is the Ousmane that I think every game can do.”

One of the best players in today’s match was Pedri, who controlled the tempo of the midfield like only the best players can. Here is what he told the press after the final whistle:

Regarding their performance

“We are working very well and we really want to win. The coach gives us a lot on and off the pitch and the results are visible. We are more patient on the ball, we play to find the right move and we have great strikers. The signings have given us a lot.”

On his incredible match

“I feel very well, I am enjoying myself. At the moment of the nutmeg, I was nervous in case I lost the ball. I looked up to see the replay because I hardly believed it. But I have to work a lot to become someone in the world of football.”

Regarding their aspirations for the season

“We think of everything. Adding three by three, and face whatever comes our way.”

Finally, club legend, Dani Alves also expressed his point of view after the match:

On Pedri’s talent

“He understands the game in an incredible way. We are seeing a player who is amazing. It is amazing to play with them.”

Regarding his personal situation

“I was eager to be able to return and be with my teammates. I was unable to play, but I have not stopped working. We have fulfilled the objective: to enjoy, win and have a great match.”

On the objective of the team

“In this club there is a style that must be defended until the end. We need to have a lot of the ball, control and play our game. That is what we have accustomed our fans to see. Have fun playing the game and enjoying yourself. The objective was to recover the team’s spirit.”