Alves: Barca were phenomenal

Dani Alves was delighted with Barcelona’s display in beating Arsenal in the away leg of their Champions League fixture.

A Lionel Messi brace put La Blaugrana in a commanding position for the return at Camp Nou and Alves said after the match that Barca played an intelligent game.

“I think we played to our strengths and we waited and we took advantage of our opportunity,” AS quotes the defender as saying.

“We scored when it was our time. Overall I thought we were phenomenal.”

Alves though denied Barca were as good as through to the quarter-finals, warning of switching off in the second leg.

“We don’t have a foot in the quarter-final because football teaches you many things and hits you a lot,” he protested.

“We have a major advantage because it was important to score and not concede, but there is the second leg.

“The team lives to compete. We want to go as far as possible. Things are going well but we need to continue. Assessments can only be done at the very end.

“Before there were games we weren’t able to win if we didn’t play well and now we can. This is the road to follow but it’s going to be more demanding.”

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