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Dani Alves: “Dybala has to leave Juve to improve his game”

June 16, 2017 - 3:25 pm

Dani Alves believes Paulo Dybala will have to leave Juventus one day if he wants to improve his game.

Speaking to Canais Esporte Interativo, the Brazilian offered his opinions on Dybala’s future and revealed the advice he gave to Gigi Buffon in the Champions League.

“Dybala, La Joya…he really is a jewel, a diamond in the rough. I told him that someday, I don’t know when, he has to leave Juve to improve his game.”

“The Champions League? Gigi told me that in all of the finals they played, Juve have never managed to score more than one goal.

“I told him ‘Gigi, if you’re playing Real Madrid, it’s almost impossible that they won’t score at least one goal. If you play Barça, it’s almost impossible that they won’t score at least one goal. I mean it can happen, and it has, some players can have an off day, but they will usually score. If you only score one goal in all of your finals’ – I said, frankly that’s not going be enough to win the Champions League.

“I think the Champions League is just one more title, people get confused with these things: “If you don’t win the Champions League, you don’t make history” – It’s not like that, at all.

“Buffon is one of the greats, a legend, his numbers speak for him. Ronaldo didn’t win the Champions League but Ronaldo, for me, he was…well, words can’t do him justice. So what? Are we gonna doubt Ronaldo, too? Buffon will always be Buffon, one of the best goalkeepers I’ve ever seen.”

The above article first appeared in Canais Esporte Interativo and was translated by SerenaFollow her here on Twitter.

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    Garninho June 16, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Wtf Dani

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    E.Micallef June 16, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I thought you were great Dani. With these declarations you are just brazilian. And we still have a half time to play in the final Dani. At HT we are 1 1.

  • thegutterpoet
    thegutterpoet June 17, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Despite some sparkling performances after returning from injury, Dani remains an idiot who I would be happy to see leave the club. We do not need experienced veterans of the side encouraging our budding young starlets to leave the club in order to improve. For obvious reasons. Not only does it plant seeds in Dybala, but also other young players and fans alike, who come to see the club as a stepping stone to the top, rather than a top club. Very poorly chosen words indeed…

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      Jas June 17, 2017 at 4:45 am

      That is very disrespectful on Alves part, for fuck sakes we’ve been in the final twice in the last three years. I’ve just lost so much respect for Dani right now, given how much money Milan has just invested and if inter get their act together then serie a is back folks. I’m sorry but Napoli and Roma are always going to be mid level clubs with current management and the results show. In my opinion this is the best place for Paolo to keep learning and growing. Serie isn’t as glamorous as it once was but the road to redemption is almost complete. Than you for all you’ve done Dani but I do hope you’re gone soon and good riddance. We’ve destroyed Barcelona this year so it’s such a stupid statement. These footballers make so much money yet in the in the end they’re some of the dumbest people on earth. At least in America you have to go through college before you go pro.

      • thegutterpoet
        thegutterpoet June 17, 2017 at 7:39 am

        Agreed on all counts, comrade…other than the reference to US soccer! Most of the american players will find nowhere near the success of Alves, or their european counterparts more generally speaking. US do not export much talent. And I cannot see how college would help a natural goblin like Alves, he isn’t dumb, he is moreover arrogant and hugely self centred. His cause is separate from that of whichever club he plays for. yet win a few trophies, play for one of the finest sides ever to grace the field and for some, it will inflate their egos to demigod standard.

        Rather than ‘ I told you so, Gigi’…he could have analysed his own abject showing in the final, spoken of the future, how to bridge the gap, our collective strength and potential. Nope. Its all about Dani, and his voice as one of wisdom. At least by his reckoning and the Likes on his twitter feed.

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    Mikhail V. Lobov June 19, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I also believe that the Serie A will be back. The huge influx of Chinese spectators will help the league to return to at least second place. I always liked Alves… was happy when he joined. Great RB. Perhaps the best in the world for the last 7 years.
    Now he has to go. That’s unacceptable. Juve above all.
    Forza Juve!! We need the Cup!