Reasons for Alves’ sudden return to Barcelona
The new coach of Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez, did not waste much time to make his first deal with Barca, because he knows what Dani Alves can offer to his former team, both outside and inside the field, in terms of personality and experience.
Xavi is looking to his former colleague – who played with him for 7 successful years in the “Camp Nou” – to lead the way in terms of mentality and professionalism. In general, the Catalan team is young and needs a leader in the dressing room.
There is no player more suitable for this role. Alves, 38, is the most decorated player in football history, still playing at the top level for his country, and his age is also a testament to his dedication and work ethic, which should serve as an example to those in the field. early stages of their career.
The Brazilian international watched more than one match for the team recently, and became aware of the roles he must play on and off the field, foremost of which: maintaining standards, high spirits, and transferring his skills in managing the game to the young team.
With Alves on the field, Barcelona would certainly not have allowed Celta Vigo to turn the tables on him after he was 3-0 ahead in La Liga, and Alves’ experience as well as his experience helps keep players focused in matches like this and not lose control.
Improved right back
While there is a lot to be said for the intangibles that Alves brings to Barcelona upon his return, it should not be forgotten that he finally played for Brazil last September and led his country to soccer gold at the Tokyo Olympics, so he is not coming. To be another coach, he’s coming to play.
In order for Alves to be able to play next January, Xavi’s current options in the right-back position are: Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingezza and Sergi Roberto.
Dest still needs a lot of improvement in different areas, although he has shown some positive signs this year, and Mingezza and Roberto are not full-backs.
Dest will also play at left-back to give Jordi Alba a rest, Alejandro Balde is still not ready to play big matches.
All this means that Alves – whose minutes must be rationed due to his age – will have a big role to play in the second half of the current season.