‘Statistically we’re exceptional’

Dani Alves has admitted that Barcelona have played more spectacular football in the past, but is pleased with their performances this term.

The Brazilian defender was speaking before the Blaugrana’s match with Milan tomorrow, and the full-back has insisted that the Catalan side have added a new dimension to their play.

“I don’t like making assessments at the beginning of the season or halfway through it, but we’re on the right track. When we don’t concede goals it’s easier to win games,” he told a Press conference.

“Criticism is part and parcel of football. In terms of our statistics we’re doing exceptionally well – in terms of our play, we’re not playing our best football when compared with other seasons. But we have to focus on the here and now.

“Now we have alternatives to our play. Before, we were monotonous and made it easier for the opponent.

“There’s no consistency in the media. Before, Barça were boring; now, we have an alternative to the way of playing we had, but we generate debate just the same. It’s part and parcel of the game. Right now what we need is a central striker – there’s always something we need.”

“Our game is about having a lot of possession and taking control of the match. We’ve played our game in every game except the one against Rayo Vallecano.

“The principles are the same, but we’ve looked for an alternative. The coach tells us that we don’t need 18, 20 passes to get to the opposition area

Alves then commented on Lionel Messi’s recent dip in form.

“Football is about phases. He’s helping the team and that’s the most important thing. The rest of us will help him.

“There’s no reason to be worried; there are always moments in the season that Leo doesn't score as he usually does. You have to keep working and never lose confidence, [because] those goals will come soon.”

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