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Dani Alves: Real Madrid are ‘lucky’ Barca have left LaLiga charge late

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Dani Alves: Real Madrid are ‘lucky’ Barca have left LaLiga charge late

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Dani Alves says Real Madrid is lucky they already hold a double-digit margin atop LaLiga following Barcelona’s 1-0 win away to Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Since Xavi took over Ronald Koeman, Barca has lost only two LaLiga games. Still, they have been playing an almost impossible game of catch up, winning only four of the opening 12 games and allowing Real Madrid to streak ahead.

Madrid is 15 points up on second-placed Barcelona, who have a game in hand, but the title race is effectively over even with six games to go for the latter.

Claiming eight of their last ten domestic games, including a 4-0 demolition of the soon-to-be champions at the Santiago Bernabeu, the 38-year-old believes Real Madrid is fortunate Barcelona did not get their act together earlier.

Dani Alves told Movistar+ post-match:

“Lucky for them [Real Madrid], we haven’t arrived earlier.

“We always plan to compete differently, but in the end, life is like that.

“And we arrived late and had to make a tremendous effort to take advantage of them.

“We already knew it was tough due to the state of the rival and the situation.

“But I insist that we have not arrived earlier, lucky for them.”

The Anoeta had been a traditionally tricky venue for Barcelona.

And they have now not lost there in LaLiga since renovations on the stadium were completed in 2019.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal in the 11th minute ultimately proved the difference.

But the Brazilian defender believes claiming the three points from San Sebastian was not a simple task.

“We knew it would be difficult because it’s always tough here,” Alves said. “The stadium is very tight; we controlled a little more in the first half, and then we lowered the intensity, but you have to know how to suffer. In football, it’s hard to win, but you win.

“We wanted to balance the team a little more, and the goal came and decided the game. You have to know how to suffer to win games.”

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