- Title: We can do enough damage to Barcelona, says former Barca defender Dani Alves
- Date: 18th April 2017
- Summary: BARCELONA, SPAIN (APRIL 18, 2017) (REUTERS) JUVENTUS PLAYERS WALKING ONTO NOU CAMP PITCH PLAYERS ON THE PITCH JUVENTUS COACH MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI ON NOU CAMP PITCH VARIOUS OF PLAYERS ON THE PITCH STRIKER PAULO DYBALA ON THE PITCH GOALKEEPER GIANLUIGI BUFFON ON THE PITCH VARIOUS OF PLAYERS ON THE PITCH JUVENTUS DEFENDER DANIEL ALVES ARRIVING TO NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JUVENTUS DEFENDER, DANIEL ALVES, ASKED ABOUT HIS TEAM'S CHANCES OF WINNING THROUGH, SAYS: "If I could give them a choice, I would not give them any, we are right now a 60-40, being very cautious and respectful with Barcelona, I know that at Nou Camp the matches become very long and hard, but if we make a great game and try to score not conforming with the result that we bring from the first leg, we can do enough damage to Barca." PLAYERS ON THE PITCH (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JUVENTUS DEFENDER, DANIEL ALVES, SAYING: "Our team studies our opponents very well and know the way to follow. I think that all my teammates know what they should do, we must make a barbaric effort and we know that this effort will be worth it, if we can beat Barca, I hope so, I think we're going to eliminate the best team in the world." PLAYERS ON THE PITCH (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JUVENTUS DEFENDER, DANIEL ALVES, SPEAKING ABOUT LIONEL MESSI AND ANDRES INIESTA, SAYS: "(They) Are legends of this club, legends have to be treated carefully and give them affection, reciprocity, do not treat them like it does not matter when they no longer serve, as a Barca fan I hope they are renewed and we can continue enjoying them with the Barca shirt for a long time." ALVES LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM JUVENTUS COACH MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI ARRIVING TO NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) JUVENTUS COACH, MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI, SAYING: "The perfect match of Juve is to go forward in the knockout, tomorrow we have to be lucid and cold in play. There will be times when we will have to defend and others to attack and play to make goals, I don't think Barca's defensive weaknesses have changed in a week, therefore we will have to work with it knowing that they have a lot of potential but this we also knew in Turin. We must have confidence but above all to be very lucid." ALLEGRI ON THE PITCH (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) JUVENTUS COACH, MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI, SAYING: "I will only say that I have a great respect for Barcelona and to go forward in the knockout we have to make a great game, we must act instead of thinking, just the same way the boys did in Turin. We always have to make a good attack and a good defence as always in all football matches. They have three very important strikers we have to go carefully but my defenders and midfielders can stop them." ALLEGRI LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM
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- Keywords: Barcelona Juventus Dani Alves Massimiliano Allegri
- Location: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- City: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016CXGMRJ
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- Story Text: Dani Alves told reporters on Tuesday (April 18) if Juventus can knock out his former side Barcelona, they will be eliminating the best team in the world from the Champions League.
The Brazilian right back, who moved from the Nou Camp to Turin last year, helped keep former team mate Neymar quiet in the quarter-final first leg on April 11 as Juventus won 3-0 at home.
Speaking at a news conference in Barcelona, on the eve of the second leg of the tie, Alves said his side should expect a long, hard night in the Nou Camp and only rated Juventus' chances of progressing at 60 percent, despite their big lead.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said that this team should not thinking about the good result they bring with them from Turin. Instead they should keep collected and cool-headed, or as he said "cold and lucid in play". He called on his players to act during the game rather than try to think too much.
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