Dani Alves has promised that Barça will win La Liga this season but admitted that he would like to see some fresh faces at the Camp Nou.
The Brazilian was speaking to Spanish radio station RAC 1 and spoke about his future, Neymar’s signing and the coaching situation at the Catalan club. Dani Alves admitted he doesn’t know if he will remain at the club amid all the rumours and speculation as his contract runs out in 2015.
“We need energy and that’s what motivates me, even though I’m cheerful, happy. I always have been but the results aren’t as people expect.”
Alves added that when he arrived at Barca from Sevilla, the club was in a transition phase and two years went by before a trophy was claimed.
“Then you’re part of the historic club and it seems it has no value,” he lamented.
“I understand that football is a consistent performance but you can’t forget what lies behind. For me to stay here this summer there has to be a change in energy.”
Alves also lamented his club’s failure to add new faces but also asked for the club’s young players to be given time.
“We now have young players. People can’t think that every day we get a Xavi or Iniesta. They’re unique.
“The others are good but might never get where they are. Xavi and Iniesta started to be great at 25 or 26.”
Alves described prospective coach Luis Enrique as a ‘phenomenon’ as a player and ‘very good’ as a manager but had harsh words for the club for rushing into important decisions.
“I think this club is often hasty. We should go a little slower, not so fast with things, because the season is not over,” Alves argued.
Alves then spoke about the title race, which sees the Catalan giants in second place prior to the penultimate round of fixtures.
They trail Atlético Madrid by three points and play host to them on the final day.
“If we don’t win the League then the season is a disaster,” said Alves.
“A lot of opportunities have been given to us and we haven’t taken them. I have 100% trust in this team and I guarantee you we will not fail.”
Alves concluded by voicing his opinion about the signing of Neymar, the controversial deal that ended in the resignation of ex President Sandro Rosell.
“Strange things happen at Barça. When Neymar was to join Real Madrid, everyone was angry and sad,” said Alves.
“I don’t know if Neymar has been blown away by all this, but I am. Madrid were going to pay €100m, Barca got him for €57m and people say ‘how awful.’
“Awful would have been paying €100m to come here.”
Well, we don’t know to what extent Barcelona paid €57m for Neymar as other reports put the figure closer to what Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale.
However, Barcelona now depend on themselves after being handed a leg-up from their rivals Real Madrid after drawing 1-1 with Valladolid.
I feel the fans are behind Dani Alves and it would be a truly remarkable end to the season if Barcelona pulled this one out of the bag. It would be a fitting end to a season of ups and downs, scandal, controversy and the heartache of Tito Vilanova’s passing away.