Daniel Alves: We Saw The Best Of Barcelona Against Panathinaikos

Alves was delighted with the Blaugrana's demolition job of the Greek champions...
Barcelona right-back Daniel Alves has expressed his pride at hammering Greek champions Panathinaikos in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Spanish champions bounced back from their 2-0 loss to Hercules in the Primera Division on Saturday with a scintillating performance at Camp Nou as they defeated the Greek giants 5-1 in their opening game of the group stage.

Reflecting on his side's performance, Alves says that they have now seen the best of Barca.

"After our last home game there was a lot of talk," the Brazil international told Barcelona's official website. "Let’s hope that from now on we can get back to our usual standard. The very best Barca is back – possession, circulation, penetration. When that happens we always get a good result.

"We wanted to win this match to get rid of the disappointment over what happened against Hercules. We had a bad day. Anyone can lose but you must never give up the fight because that’s our greatest strength. Today the team reacted quickly and came from behind.

"It’s our philosophy that allows us to enjoy ourselves so much. We won’t change our style of football just because we have a few bad results. What the coach [Pep Guardiola] tells us always influences us.

"What he gets across to us, what he says…he’s always right. He’s got very clear ideas, he’s an optimist and he makes you believe him. He’s the best coach I’ve ever had or will have."

Centre-midfielder Xavi reiterated his team-mate's comments and was very pleased with the win.

"The team needed the win after an unexpected defeat and we are happy because we all saw the Barca we want again. I’m pleased about the result, the performance and the way the team is playing again.

"Sometimes things don’t come off. On Saturday, it all went wrong. There’s no need to worry – that’s football. Today it all went right. We’ll be up there competing for titles.

"We’re all necessary here – that’s what Pep always says. Today some of us played and on Sunday others will play, and so on.

"[Lionel] Messi is the best footballer in the world. Barca fans have the good fortune to be able to enjoy him and we have the good fortune to have him playing alongside us."

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