Alves: Camp Nou like playing away

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has admitted that playing at Camp Nou feels like ‘playing away’ at the moment.

The Blaugrana went down to their first home defeat of the season on Saturday, losing 3-2 to Valencia.

And the Brazilian full-back has conceded that the uneasy atmosphere in the stadium is affecting the players.

“We feel like we’re playing away from home,” he told Marca. “But losing makes you stronger. We have a great team that has proven itself beyond all doubt.

"We're not worried about the team. When you get used to winning and then you lose, it can feel like the end of the world, but people shouldn't doubt Barça.

“[Saturday’s loss] wasn't a complacency issue – if we had controlled the situation better and been less predictable, maybe we'd have scored more goals", he noted.

"Now we have to pick ourselves up – there is no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to be mature and learn from this to stop it happening again.

“We have to aim to dictate the game throughout, not just for a stretch.”

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