Dani Alves: No time to whine, Brazil must look forward

The Barcelona defender has hailed the PSG stopper as the game's leading defender and urged the Selecao to bounce back from their Copa America exit

Brazil defender Dani Alves has warned his team-mates they cannot afford to waste time whining about their Copa America penalty shootout defeat to Paraguay.

The Selecao exited the tournament at the quarter-finals stage on Saturday after being beaten 4-3 on spot-kicks following a 1-1 draw with Ramon Diaz’s side in Concepcion.

With the World Cup qualifiers set to get underway in October, Dani Alves has now stressed the importance of concentrating on their continued development ahead of Russia 2018 and putting the disappointment of Chile 2015 behind them.

“We have to accept things and try to evolve,” he told reporters.

“There is no other way. Whining is not an option. What we have to do is take a step forward.

"Brazil are in a period of transition, with young and promising players who have strong personalities. I believe these are the players who can change things and improve the team."

Dani Alves was a shock inclusion in the squad, replacing the injured Danilo shortly before the tournament after having not represented his country since last year’s World Cup, but the 32-year-old says the Selecao must improve - with or without him. 

He also spoke out in defence of team-mate Thiago Silva, whose handball led to Paraguay’s 72nd-minute equaliser from the penalty spot.

“I do not know if I will continue to be named, but whoever is in the squad has to give their best,” he said.

“For me, Thiago Silva remains the best defender in the world. They are specific situations that happen in the career of every player. These are just moments."