Alves: “Barça should have handed Abidal a new deal”
The full-back explained that he has taken over Abidal’s old No.22 shirt, “because I love him and I don’t understand his situation”.
Dani Alves feels that Barcelona made a mistake in allowing Éric Abidal to leave the club this summer. The defender told RAC 1 radio on Tuesday, that extending Abidal’s contract would have been the right thing to do.
“I have taken the number 22 shirt because I love Abidal and I do not understand his situation. It was an unpleasant surprise to find out that he wouldn’t be continuing with us. For the huge efforts he made and for all that he has been through, they should have handed him a new deal. That upset me a lot because Abidal’s a guy who I love very much and I want him here, with us. Maybe there’s more to it than I know about. Barça showed that they are more than just a club for what they did to help him recover. For him to then leave leaves a bit of a bitter taste but anyway... Now he has to look to his own future. I am sure that he will continue to be an example to everyone around him where he is now,” Alves said.
The Brazilian also gave his views on other topics including Neymar’s adaptation, Cesc Fàbregas and new coach Tata Martino.
Neymar: “Everyone is getting hot under the collar talking about the relationship between Messi and Neymar. He’s come here to learn and be just another member of the team. Those who are worried have no need to be. Neymar may not be the main man now but he is training hard and every day, he seems more settled in”.
Past mistakes: “Last season we lacked the kind of pressure we normally exert on our opponents, it was a purely mental issue. We’ve learned that we have to give 100% if we want to reach our objectives. We cannot allow a team like Bayern to beat us by such a big margin. It’s one thing to be eliminated after having an off day but another to suffer such a heavy defeat”.
Tata Martino: “I didn’t know about his philosophy about the game or his working methods. Once I began training under him, I started to notice a lot of things which I like. All of us are delighted that he is with us. He has brought his own ideas about how he wants the team to defend and we’ll be trying to adapt to his ideas. We tend to use a zonal defending system but he’s changed that. The key to success is being able to adapt and take new ideas on board. We’ll put a few of his ideas into practice and see if it works better for us.
Thiago: “He wanted to play more. Maybe he was a bit hasty but I prefer that attitude to just sitting back and becoming too comfortable”.
Cesc: “He already left Barça once. He left, made a name for himself and came back. He had a great start on his return and then, for others reason concerning the team which I mentioned earlier, he wasn’t able to maintain that level he had at the beginning. It’s up to him what he does but I think he can bring a lot to this side. The team needs players of Cesc’s quality to win trophies”.