Monday May 13 2013
Alves: Winning isn’t easy

Dani Alves has reflected on Barcelona’s title success and also bid farewell to Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho.

La Blaugrana are celebrating after officially recapturing the League title this weekend, after second placed Real Madrid failed to defeat Espanyol on Saturday evening.

“I’m very pleased, winning this title has been a long process but we’ve done it, now we have to celebrate it with the importance it deserves,” commented Alves after his side’s 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid the day after.

“If it were so easy to win La Liga, we wouldn’t have lost it last season.

“A high point? I remember when Abidal and Tito returned. It’s been a special year because we’ve won something more important than just a cup, we’ve won the battle for Abi and Tito’s lives.

“This league is for them, for everything they’ve had to suffer.

“The 100 points record in La Liga? Our first objective was to win the title, now we’ll try to break the record.”

The Brazilian also had a word on Mourinho’s expected departure from Real Madrid in the summer.

“We will miss him. The Spanish League will lose something without him because he is a great competitor. I have never fought with him. It's just that both of us are winners.

“He is one of the most ambitious Coaches in the League and he has really livened up football here.

“He is a very colourful guy and I think his departure is a greater loss for you, the media, than it is for us the players.”

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