Dani Alves has been incredibly critical of Arsenal ahead of our Wednesday night Champions League second leg clash, and has blasted us for our lack of experience, character, and mental strength, as reported by the Daily Star.
Barcelona obviously wouldn’t fear anyone in the Champions League, and would be confident of getting the win no matter who their opponents. Alves claims they were happy to draw Arsenal though, and were glad they didn’t draw somebody “tougher”.
“When the draw was made, we knew it could have been tougher for us,” said Alves.
“That is no reflection on the quality of Arsenal. The quality of the way they play the game and the quality of some of their players is there for all to see.
“It is a reflection on their experience, character, and mental strengths. There are teams in Europe that don’t have the quality that Arsenal have, but you would rather avoid them and play Arsenal – because you know that those teams have experience and character.”
This is downright ridiculous, as we were certainly one of the toughest draws in the competition. There were very few teams stronger than us who finished second in their group, and if any Barcelona players say otherwise then they are just lying.
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There is no possible way anyone concerned with Barcelona would rather play Arsenal than the likes of Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv, Kaa Gent, or even PSV Eindhoven. Getting Juventus or PSG obviously would have been a tricky draw, but to celebrate because you got the second or third worst draw in the competition as opposed to the worst is just senseless.
It’s just more mind games from the Catalan side, who are looking for an easy path through to the next round.
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With a 2-0 deficit being carried over into this Wednesday’s game, it certainly looks like we’ve given ourselves too much to do. We can at least give them a run for their money though, and give Dani Alves a difficult evening.