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Alves praises ´quality´ Sevilla

SoccerNews in La Liga 24 Feb 2013

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Barcelona full-back Dani Alves has praised the resilience of Sevilla after his side had to come from behind to win 2-1 on Saturday.

Barcelona full-back Dani Alves has praised the resilience of Sevilla after his side had to come from behind to win 2-1 on Saturday.

David Villa and Lionel Messi both scored following Alberto Botia’s first-half strike for the visitors, as Barca extended their lead at the top of La Liga to 15 points over Atletico Madrid, who play on Sunday.

Speaking after the game, Alves said he was satisfied with Barcelona’s reaction to going behind and also praised the visitors’ resolve.

“It was a strange match especially because of how cold it was, but in the end we managed to win,” the 29-year-old Brazilian told Mundo Deportivo.

“Sevilla forced us to work hard to win the three points. They are not just any team, they are great rivals and have a lot of quality.”

Alves played 186 times for Sevilla before moving to Barcelona in 2008 and, while he was quick to praise Sevilla for their effort, he was also critical when asked about his side going into half-time 1-0 down.

“We have to improve in this regard,” Alves said.

“But we can concede goals if we win. This is a game and we have to remember that other teams are also playing. We reacted well and we deserved the win.

“It’s an important week, and that’s how we’re approaching it. These are the types of matches that we like to play,” he added, referring to Tuesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final clash with Real Madrid.

Barca have amassed 68 points from their 25 league games this season.

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