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Alves stands up for Roura

Dani Alves has hit out at critics of Jordi Roura and said the absence of Tito Vilanova will prove just how good Barcelona really are.

With the Blaugrana boss recovering from a cancer relapse, Roura has been placed in charge, but after a scintillating first-half of the campaign, their form has dipped since the turn of the year.

Barca were beaten 2-0 in the first-leg of their last 16 Champions League clash with AC Milan and then suffered back-to-back El Clasico defeats to Real Madrid,

But after beating Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 on Saturday, Alves was quick to hit out those who had previously criticised Roura.

“If we win everyone is quiet and Jordi is the best,” he told Barca TV. “But when we lose people have to have someone to aim their anger at.

“We don’t listen to any of that. Everyone knows how important Tito is for us, but when the boss is not here that’s when we see how good the team really is.

“Criticism is part of sport, that’s what’s wonderful about it.”

The Catalans will still need to produce a remarkable comeback if they are to overcome Milan on Tuesday, but Alves said confidence has been boosted on the back of their league win.

“We go into the Milan game with a good feeling now. We played against Deportivo without fear and without nerves.”

Sun 10 March, 2013
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