Alves plays down Super Cup record

Dani Alves isn’t interested in matching Paolo Maldini’s UEFA Super Cup record, but rather ensuring the trophy returns to Barcelona.

Alves went before the Press in Tbilisi and discussed both his possible individual prize, a potential fourth leg of a sextuple, Pedro Rodriguez, and Andres Iniesta’s first game as captain of the Catalans.

“We’re prepared. This game is what we wanted and it’s not too soon, otherwise it won’t be a year for what we want,” he said, AS reports.

“Contesting a final now is because we’ve played well before and we want to enjoy this moment. We’ll do everything possible as Andres debuts as captain.

“Neymar didn’t expect this problem, he’s down and it’s a shame. We’ll keep the energy he gives us. The players have to supply it.

“Pedro has to make the decision himself. The more anyone interferes, the more complicated it will be. I want him to stay but it’s a decision of his head and his heart. If he stays, we’ll be happy, and if he goes, we’ll respect that.

“Me? I stayed because the foot I had inside Barca was stronger than the foot I had outside.

“It’s of no great importance to be recognised individually. I play a team sport, and I want to achieve success with my peers.

“Maldini’s record is secondary, although it is an honour. If I do it, it will be because of the team.”

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