Dani Alves Reveals Why Barcelona ‘Loved’ to Face Arsenal in the CL

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​Dani Alves has revealed that Barcelona “loved” facing Arsenal in the Champions League as their expansive style of football helped his former club score regularly against them.

The Paris Saint-Germain defender was interviewed for the December edition of ​FourFourTwo magazine via 90mins and explained how the Gunners’ possession-based philosophy consistently played into the hands of La Blaugrana during bouts in UEFA’s club tournament.

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Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League three times by the Catalan giants, and veteran full-back Alves admitted that it was their lack of defensive resolve which ultimately cost them when facing his former employers.

He said: “Well, we definitely liked to face Arsenal. They had a similar football style to ours, and this sometimes helped to facilitate our way of playing.

“We were drawn against them several times with a positive outcome. They were a team we dominated and had a control over. Every time we faced Arsenal, we’d have a good result or good performance.”

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Alves left Barcelona in the summer of 2016 to join Serie A heavyweights Juventus before his acrimonious departure for PSG in the last summer transfer window

His finest days, however, did come in a Barcelona shirt and the 34-year-old recalled how the team of 2010/11 – which beat Manchester United in the UCL final at Wembley that season – would always go down as one of the most celebrated sides in footballing history.

He added: “Talking to several football experts, they haven’t seen another team as incredible as that Barcelona.

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“These are people who’ve been following the game for a long time and they say they’ve never seen such a thing.

“We represented the definition of a collective game. We ate, drank and breathed football, so moments like winning the Champions League were rewards for all our efforts.”

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