Thursday 2 July, 2020

Juventus star Alves hails 'crazy' approach after Champions League heroics

Dani Alves said he will not change his approach to football, after his "crazy" style fired Juventus into the Champions League final.

Alves had a hand in all of the Italian champions' goals as they beat Monaco 4-1 on aggregate to secure a place in the Cardiff showpiece via Tuesday's 2-1 second-leg victory.

The 34-year-old is now eyeing up a fourth Champions League title, after winning three at Barcelona, and said his studious way has helped him hit his peak with the Italian giants.

"Am I surprised to be at my best level? I work a lot, I live the game with a lot of intensity and love," Alves told Mega.

"Everything I am in my life is the result of my daily work, my professionalism, and in the end I am collecting the fruit of the daily work that you do not see. 

"People think I'm crazy, but when it comes to work I know what I have to do."

Alves has made just 28 appearances in all competitions for Juve this season, having suffered a fractured leg in December after a struggle to acclimatise to Italian football, but he believes he has now fully made the transition.

"At first it cost me, but here there is a different way of seeing football," he added.

"When I was adapting, I got the injury, maybe to take it easy, reinvent myself in this club. 

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