Alves: If we win, we’re great and if we don’t, we’re shit
Barcelona right-back, Dani Alves was candid following his side’s 1-2 Copa del Rey finals loss to arch-rivals Real Madrid on Monday evening at Mestalla and the Brazilian feels that the team has been overly criticised for the losses in which they gave their all and apologised to the fans.
In his post-match interview, Alves spoke about the loss and the future of the team.
“We had several good moments but after Bale’s goal, we weren’t able to react. All we can do now is ask for forgiveness. They’re going to rain a lot of criticism on us, but I think we’re above all that. We’re like the stock market; if we win, we have value and if we don’t…That’s how I feel about this profession. In football, if you win you’re great and if you lose, you’re shit.
“This team is very important and we never give up. We have no choice but to press on, it’s very disappointing. Above all, I wish to ask for forgiveness of those who came here tonight to support us. We’re not going to look for any more excuses, there’s no going back. We leave here, annoyed, saddened and we congratulate the champions. We’re going to keep going until the end, finish the best we can, for the crest, which we must defend until the end. It’s a shame that we weren’t able to complete our objectives we set for this year.”
Alves, who has criticised the fans in the past, now asks for their forgiveness and thanked them for their support of the team.
“We’re very sorry. We’re the one who are most disappointed. The only message I can give is to take care of this club, it’s great and we’ll defend this shirt until the end. Sometimes I don’t understand our profession.”