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Dani Alves: ‘I want to give the fans the Champions League’

June 28, 2016 - 3:25 pm

Dani Alves gave his first interview as a Juventus player and spoke of his ambitions for the club, namely winning the Champions League.

Having confirmed the signing yesterday, Juventus unveiled the player earlier today with a lenghty presentation and press conference.

“It’s a real honour to be here and to join this team. I chose Juve because I love to dream, and I love to dream with great teams and great players.” Alves told the gathered press.

“I think Juve have a great dream, which I want to share and help accomplish. I know Juve haven’t won a Champions League in a long time and that they want to win it again as soon as possible.

“They’ve been the leaders in Italy for very long and they want to triumph in Europe too. They have some very important players and a great history. I like teams like that and I want to be part of that history.

“I think this will be a really interesting experience, what with living in a different country and discovering a new type of football that I don’t know. That’s why I chose this adventure.

“I want to share my dream with all of you and I want to reach the common objective.”

When asked which shirt he’d be wearing, Alves revealed the reasons behind his choice.

“I chose #23, after LeBron James, who is a player who doesn’t rest on his laurels but always reinvents himself, always finds new records to be beaten.

“It’s a number that makes me feel the same thing, as I come to a new country and a new team and have to reinvent myself.”

Attention turned to his new club and teammates, namely Paul Pogba.

“I think he’s an important element of the team and a really great player. I expect to play alongside him, which is going to be a great honour.

“There are other incredible players in this team as well, who also have a lot to say for themselves. I’m truly delighted to share this experience with them.

“A team is formed up of individuals, and it’s when they come together that you can achieve results. We are all going to be important, and sharing this year with them is going to be a privilege.

“We must approach things with a sense of fun alongside that of responsibility and level-headedness. After all, that’s what we’re here for, and you need that in order to reach your objectives.

“Dybala? I’m certainly here to lend him and everybody else a hand. If I can get him and everyone to score many goals, that’ll be my pleasure. I’ll do everything I can to make that happen.

“Strikers are happy only when they manage to score, while I’m happier when I can bring others to do that. So it’s going to be a perfect pairing!

“We know the Champions League is a tough objective and so is the tournament. We’ll have to work hard, and we most certainly will.

“We’ll make sure this team can make history again, as it’s been too long. I’ll do my best, I’ve come here to do what I can according to my qualities and my characteristics. I want to make the fans happy and give them the great joy of the Champions League.”

Alves needs to win four more titles in order to match Ryan Giggs’ record with Manchester United.

“I honestly don’t think about these things. I’m here to live day by day and I don’t want the obsession of such a heavy historical record. It’s not important to try and break these figures.

“Javier Mascherano? I have a great relationship with him and playing with him again would be an honour, but it’s not down to me.”

Alves was asked what was missing from the Juve setup thats prevented them from winning the Champions League in previous seasons.

“To be perfectly honest I can’t answer that, as I wasn’t here and I’ll only be able to develop an opinion later on. Let’s find out with my teammates what’s missing on a European level.

“It’s most certainly an important competition. It’s not enough to have good players, you need the right appraoch. There’s certainly been something missing, but we’ll try finding out what that is so that we can show our worth.

“Juve are a team that want to reinvent themselves, which is the same thing I want for myself. Normally Italian football is represented internationally only by the Old Lady, so this is a unique opportunity for me to be part of this type of football.

“This is what I’m aiming for, to find new challenges rather than to rest on my laurels, and I’d like to thank Juve for giving me this opportunity.

“I’m sure we’ll have great fun, because as far as I know everyone here is a great professional. I’d like you to know that I don’t think of myself as a football star, I am a worker, who trains hard and gives his best.”

Alves has already met up with Juve Coach, Max Allegri.

“I had a chat with him but we haven’t really explored what he expects of me. When a team signs you that’s because of your individual qualities and one of the most remarkable things about Juventus is how closely they study the players they mean to sign.

“They don’t just look for the qualities alone but also for the way they’ll fit into the team. They study their players very closely and I appreciate that.

“There were many teams that were interested but this is what convinced me. If they chose me, it means they believe I’m worth it.”


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    EricJuve June 28, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Very good signing by Beppe.

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    Dar Black June 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Nice suit sir!

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    Imad J June 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I just want to say something. We might not comment a lot, buy many people follow this blog. It’s one of the classiest sites for a juventino to follow. Thumbs up.

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    Juventin1897 June 29, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Hey guys, haven’t posted in a long while. Dont know whose still around but Juve sure hell doing well. Beppe impresses me every summer, it’s uncanny. Pjanic eases any of my worries on marchisio’s return and our ability to fill the role if necessarily. If we get to play Pogba-Marchisio-Pjanic, it would be unreal. Or even 4-3-1-2 with Pjanic at trequestista and Khedira at LM. The team will be very versatile. Up top we look good too. Mandzukic will have a better season especially with Sandro and Dani Alves sniping his forehead from the wings. Zaza is fine as an alternate too. Other slots on team need to be filled by new serie A regulations.

    Super excited for next season. Already placed decent money on Juve to win CL.

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      Papilaya(John)™★★★ June 29, 2016 at 5:46 am

      Its been a while for myself too. This blog was poppin in my highschool years :p oh the nostalgia. This team continues to overwhelm me. They cintiue to show that anything is poasible. We shouldve reall been the final in the cl last season. Bayern are just a force if a different caliber and fortunately enough for athletico, we broke them apart well enough for them to deliver the final blow :p our team should soon be at the pinnacle of european football.

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        VonKellef June 30, 2016 at 1:41 am

        Is it my old and long lost friend from sunny California with whom I once started the movie train on this very site, many years ago?

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          Papilaya(John)™★★★ June 30, 2016 at 7:45 pm

          Yeees hahah. Where have you been 😀

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            Juventin1897 July 2, 2016 at 1:49 am

            My old name on here was ForzaVecchiaSignora

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            VonKellef July 2, 2016 at 9:37 am

            In all honesty I have been busy wandering the streets of Stockholm.
            A full time job and studying at the same time takes up most of my time.
            But don’t you worry. I always find time for our beloved black and white lady,and I will continue to be faithful to her for the rest of my life.

            How are you doing John?
            If I remember correctly you were looking for a job last time we spoke(which was a very long time ago).

            One thing I will carry with me for the rest of my life and always give you credit for is the wisdom you shared with me that winter, when we signed Bendtner on loan from Arsenal and I was furious.
            You told me, “Hey man, give him a chance. Give every new person a chance and let them start on 5,on a 0 to 10 scale. Depending on how they act they can either rise or fall on that scale”.

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            Papilaya(John)™★★★ July 4, 2016 at 7:07 pm

            Wow, that too far back haha. That was probably 10 jobs ago haha. If u ever was to go back that season of my life, i would tell myself to slow down. Working is overrated. I feel like an old man now haha

            Haha and wow, not much wisdom at all haha. Bendnter ended up being nothing, but indeed giving players a unbiased judgement is only fair. If the management had a mentallity like us fans, binucci would have been gona long ago haha

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          Gerald Quinn July 1, 2016 at 2:09 am

          whose from Cali? im from Cali

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    Gerald Quinn June 29, 2016 at 8:22 am

    idk Mane aint that bad, he is no diffrent from Michy Basthuti (however the hell you spell his last name) it is a gamble and keep in mind who heads liverpool: Jurgen Klop lets not forget he turned Reus, Lewandowski, Gundogan, Blahcikowski, Gotze and Hummels From nobody’s and Bayern Rejects – to world class,in the measly span of 2-3 years. Also Fermino is a very good player idk why you say he is a waist, also he was bought last season with benteke not this season. Benteke was indeed a huge Flop i was mad at that (yes i am also a liverpool fan when it comes to english football) they also bought loris krous (goalkeeper) an amazing buy! i wish juve would have gotten him to have Buffon’s spot covered, but there is also Mattia Perin for us to snatch; oh and they have Matip, Liverpool is building a very very solid team, lets be glad we wont go against them in CL. Also often overlooked youngsters in liverpool like Brannagan, are starting to shine under Klopp and he has not even been there a full season.

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    Gerald Quinn June 29, 2016 at 8:47 am

    im so happy! 🙂 Best of all he was free…Maybe there is a god! LOL. Cant wait for the new season We only have bought 2 players Pjanic and Alves, but holy cow, what quality they add. If only we could snatch Hector Bellerin , instead of Macherano, our defense would be forever amazing

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    BelgianJuventino June 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Batshuayi confirmed to Chelsea, we will have to look elsewhere for Morata replacement..

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      grazie padoin June 29, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      I think we are replacing morata with morata.

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        ADP#10 June 29, 2016 at 8:31 pm

        I don’t think so.

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          grazie padoin June 29, 2016 at 8:38 pm

          I think morata will play an important role.

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            ADP#10 June 30, 2016 at 8:13 pm

            He’s not even with us anymore…

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      Gerald Quinn June 30, 2016 at 3:42 am

      Really? someone posted a link on here where it said that Crystal Palace got him? … fuck chelsea , how dare he go to chelsea (if true)

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        BelgianJuventino June 30, 2016 at 5:35 am

        What does it matter whether its palace or Chelsea he goes to?:P

        He wont be coming to Juve. But yes the Chelsea move is confirmed

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          Gerald Quinn June 30, 2016 at 4:34 pm

          That chelsea gets all the fast players, and they still Suck XD …plus im also a liverpool fan so I hate it when Manchester United and Chelsea and Arsenal get good and promising players XD.

          My favorite team above all is Juve, but in:
          England i follow Liverpool
          Germany i follow Burrisa dortmund and Bayern
          Spain i Like Real Madrid (ussually dont cheer for them though unless they are up against Barcelona, other Spanish teams or English teams i don’t like, like Manchester United and Chelsea)
          France i like Lyon (dont really follow them though because they aren’t even close to the shadow of the team they once where)

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    grazie padoin June 29, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Great signing.Forza Juve.

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    grazie padoin June 29, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    money does not matter if player plays well consistently. Bayern paid 60 mil euros for sanchez.

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      KPS235 July 1, 2016 at 7:06 am

      bayern paid 60m for sanchez?what sanchez you talking about? do know any sanchez playing for bayern

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        grazie padoin July 1, 2016 at 6:19 pm

        Renato sanchez for 60 mil.

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          KPS235 July 5, 2016 at 6:20 pm

          who is renato sanwhochez lol

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    EricJuve June 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Let’s see if a negotiation for Alexis Sanchez can be done. He will be a quality replacement for Morata.

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      Gerald Quinn June 30, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Alexis Sanches would likely be completely better than Morata, should he keep the form he showed in Copa America. Morata was good, but he’s no Alexis, trust Alexis (if he does come, and like i said stays in form) he will make us glad Madrid activated Morata’s buy back

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        Gerald Quinn June 30, 2016 at 4:27 pm

        Alexis Sanches – (Mandzukic/Zaza/Ikone/Michy/Coman/Other ST/CF) – Dyabla; up front in a 4-3-3 sounds dangerous, Although arent Dyabla and Alexes Sanches both Lefties? if i recall correctly.

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        Papilaya(John)™★★★ June 30, 2016 at 7:46 pm

        Morata is gem in his own rights. With more playing experience, he ll become one hell if a goal scorer.

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          Gerald Quinn July 1, 2016 at 1:15 am

          True….Shame he was very badly negotiated

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    Gerald Quinn June 30, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    This has nothing to do with Alves but I couldn’t find where else to post my question. What happened with Coman? I know we sent him on loan to Bayern Munich …at least that’s what I heard actually, But don’t know the details: Like for how many years/Seasons? was there an option for Bayern to buy? has Bayern choosen to buy him? When will we have him back????

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      thegutterpoet June 30, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      He was loaned for two years, Gerald…for a fee of EU7m, The loan included the right to purchase for EU21m. Young Kingsley will not be returning to Turin as he has fared damn well in that star studded Munchen Machine. Given their focus on fleet footed wing wizards he was bound to get chances and has prospered and developed very well indeed. Could say that we have missed out, yet he did not dazzle when in our ranks and we were not playing at the time, nor most of last season, a formation which was suited to his natural game. So…we signed him on a free (perhaps some small development offering) and made 28m.

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        Gerald Quinn July 1, 2016 at 1:08 am

        so your basically saying we will likely never get him back 🙁 …he didnt dazzle with us, but seeing how he’s been performing at Bayern, makes me wish we had him back, and given Cuadrados exit; i assumed Juve would be recalling him or something. So Bayern already bought him for 21M EU or not yet?

        If Bayern really wants him we should trade him (to reduce the fee) of either:
        Muller/Lewandowski To replace Mandzukic , OR:
        Robben/Ribery to replace Cuadrado, OR:
        Lham/Thiago/Boetang/Hummels to overall just strengthen our midfield and or defense enormously (Lham is to loyal, but a man can dream lol) I wish we would have beaten Manchester for Shwanstieger, i thought he was to loyal to ever leave Bayern) Imagine our midfield: being Pjanic – Shwansteiger – Khedira – Pogba? Jesus Fucking Christ best holding and attacking midfield ever!! kinda leaves Marchiso as sub unless he becomes CAM lol, Dyabla could also occupy CAM although i like him on the wing.

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          Gerald Quinn July 1, 2016 at 1:13 am

          Muller and Lewandowski are my two favorite strikers They can both hold the ball extremely well, they are both good with headers and they are both good from distance, although Muller can also be a midfielder which makes him more versatile, whats best is that they can both attack with pace when they need to, i say they are more complete than Suarez, although his finishing ability in of itself makes him feared…but Lewandowski’s finishing isn’t in question either, also he is the first striker ever to score 3 goals(hat trick) on Real Madrid in the Champions lol (fun fact)

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            thegutterpoet July 1, 2016 at 10:02 am

            I assumed that the fee for Benatia may be fixed somewhere near to what is owed for Coman, although there has been repeated rumours of Goetze. I am also a great fan of Muller. He has that traditional german darkness under his brow, a hint of the demonic in his eyes and he is an impeccably capable player.

            Schweinsteiger had a poor season in the premier league where his slowing engine caught him out too often to prove anywhere near his former greatness.

            I am quite sure Coman has expressed how he has no desire to return to Juve. He is part of the succession planning, already well under way for the Munich wings and blossoming brilliantly. A shame of sorts, especially the manner in which his entrance to the tie in Germany certainly played its part in the scoreline and our exit. Still, I can merely shrug and continue to believe in Beppe and Fabio, for they have built a phenomenal team, extremely economically and last year we began to up the ante in terms of our financial clout matching our growing ambition.

            We have a superb squad. Only the front line meeds a major signing, which I hope appears in the wake of Morata, as I agree that Mandzukic is too singular a striker to assist out challenge at the very top level.

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            Gerald Quinn July 1, 2016 at 9:04 pm

            I like Benatia he is a good player and wonderfull addition to the team however i think its a bad move, we should be signing David Alaba, and stop Pursuing Macherano and Darmain. Oh man lets just hope they find a suitable replacement for Mandzukic, and oh god please lets not go for Chicharo agian. …I found this: https://www.espnfc.com/story/2859249/javier-hernandez-i-chose-bayer-leverkusen-over-juventus-inter-milan. and ive never been more happy a player decided not to come to Juventus. Im Hispanic ( parents from Mexico) so yes i see every MexNT Game and oh god would Chicharo be a bad signing. He is a good goal Poacher..THAT IS ALL, He is worse than mandzukic in every other way. Honestly the only Two mexicans we should be going for are: Hirving Lozano, or Jesus Corona(Tecatito ). Tecatito has been nicknamed the Mexican messi, and that is not an exageration. I would love a Tecatito( Mexican messi) – Mandzukic – Dyabla (messi successor) attack ..however in the central striking area if juve really wants a mexican there is none other than Raul Jimenez (who is with Benfica) he scores every time he is subbed in. second option would be Oribe Peralta.
            -this copa america vs venezuela:
            Good highlites:

            –Hirving Lozano– (still plays for pachuca Mex Team)

            –Raul Jimenez–