Dani Alves unhappy at state of Vicente Calderon pitch

The Barcelona full-back felt the surface gave Atletico Madrid an advantage they capitalised on in their Champions League quarter-final tie
Dani Alves has criticised the state of the Vicente Calderon pitch following Barcelona's Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Barca lost the second leg 1-0 – Koke grabbing the only goal after five minutes – to go out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage 2-1 on aggregate.

Dani Alves' gripe followed on from Barca's pre-match concern about the length of the grass and their demands to have the surface watered at half-time.

The latter request was not granted and the Brazilian full-back felt that gave the home side an unfair advantage.

He told Marca: "It wasn't a matter of desire, they play with their weapons and leave the field very, very dry.

"They know that hurts our game because it slows the match down a lot. And for their plan, this was perfect because they knock the ball long, fight and counterattack."

The Brazil international did concede the better side had triumphed over the two legs, however, adding: "Of course they were fair winners. When a team does what they did we have to congratulate them. What happens on the field is always right."