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The Brazilian right-back has issued a warning to the Blues ahead of next week’s Champions League return clash, while he also looked forward to El Clasico this Saturday.

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Barcelona may not have acquired the first leg result they wanted against Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League, but right-back Dani Alves has assured that there’s still plenty of fight in his team.

Guus Hiddink’s Blues escaped unscathed as they secured a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou to take back home to Stamford Bridge next week but Alves is optimistic of Barca’s changes in London.

Chelsea came here to draw and to ensure we did not score any goals. That’s their style of play and they are not going to change it in the second leg,” he told AS after the game.

“But we are going to go there with full optimism and we are going to continue playing our own game and creating chances.

“The semi-finals remain open and I am sure that we will have our chances at Stamford Bridge. They will have to sweat blood if they want to eliminate us.”

Before the trip to the English capital next Wednesday, though, Barca will first have to visit the Spanish equivalent when they travel to Real Madrid this Saturday for El Clasico. And Dani is hopeful of upsetting Los Blancos to put an end to the title race once and for all.

“It was impossible not to have Madrid at the back of our minds. This is one very important week for us because the game against them will indicate our aspirations for the league,” he stressed.

“Right now, there’s a lot of optimism at Madrid but it is necessary to remember that we are still four points ahead. We cannot be pessimistic about our advantage.” 

KS Leong, Goal.com

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