Monday, January 24

And Alves finished as captain of Barça in his redebut


He started on the right back like old Alves. And he ended up exercising right-handed interior like the new Alves. He was also the author of the first penalty shot in the shoot-out in which Boca beat Barça (2-4) in the Maradona Cup after the draw (1-1) with which the match ended. In Riyadh, and after four months without playing a game, even if it was friendly like this, Dani alves completed the 90 minutes.

I needed those 90 minutes to get a competitive pace because Xavi He not only sees it as valuable in the mental reconstruction of the group (his main task now) but also in sports. As of January 1, the Brazilian can already be used officially by the Barça coach, who even granted him the honor of wearing the captain’s armband after the replacement of Lenglet, who wore the senyera in the first half.

In Saudi Arabia it re-launched Alves with the Barça jacket. “He did very well,” Xavi admitted. With the hyperactivity that characterizes him (they even forgave him a yellow card), as if he wanted to rebel against that age (38 years) that his identity document indicates.

Although he started as a winger, he did not fill the band from end to end in the 4-3-3 that Xavi used against Boca. Rather, it approached interior areas, leaving the lime to Jutglà, improvised right-handed winger, although he executed a couple of good centers. Both with intention when he joined as a classic winger.

Then generated Alves Two occasions. The first was really dangerous with a poisoned shot (m. 19) from outside the area that forced a great intervention by Rossi, Boca’s goalkeeper. In the second, and feeling the leader of the team in the absence of the starters, the Brazilian launched a foul on practically the line that delimits the large area. But his curved shot (m. 42) was so loose that it hardly bothered Rossi.

Origin of Jutglà’s goal

Later, his role in the second half took on a more offensive tone creating the action of Barça’s only goal with a center from the right, cushioned by Coutinho with his arm before Jutglà a phenomenal and furious right hand will be invented. In a children’s Barça that looked more like Barça B, Alves ended up with the captain’s armband adjusted to his arm, savoring the penalty he scored while looking at Rossi, indicating with visible gestures that he had lacked a bit.

“The defeat will not affect us at all. It is a very positive test. I have seen Dani very well, he is capable of making a difference in the last pass”

Xavi, Barça coach

Just a few centimeters deprived the Argentine goal of stopping the penalty to Alves. The same ones that prevented the Brazilian from lifting his first title, even if it was friendly, with the Barça jacket. “The result is the least. Xavi’s rebut was very good, “said Xavi. “He is a football legend, he is a club legend. It is a privilege to have him in the dressing room, he will be a very important player for us,” said Eric García.

At the end of the game, Barça defeated in the penalty shoot-out, Alves The shirt was exchanged, he was wearing the 8 that belonged to Iniesta, with a Boca player. “The defeat will not affect us at all. It is a very positive test. I have seen Dani very well, he is capable of making a difference in the last pass,” said Xavi, who protected seven players (Ter Stegen, Umtiti, Piqué, Busquets , Frenkie de Jong, Dembélé and Luuk de Jong9 to avoid taking risks in the face of the duel, decisive as all of them already, on Saturday at the Camp Nou against Elche.

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A game that Alves will have to watch from the stands. He still cannot officially re-debut.

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